Stoops locks up first DB

NORMAN, Okla. — Tulsa East Central cornerback Stanvon Taylor said when he got the OU offer about a week and a half ago that it gave him a different feeling; ultimately it was finally enough for him to pull the trigger Friday evening.

Taylor committed to the Sooners after holding off for days.

But the hold-off wasn't really what one would think.

It wasn't Taylor deciding between OU and Arkansas or one of his eight other offers.

It wasn't any indecision on his part, really.

Instead, well, it was just using some quality advice from a parent.

"It was a relief really because I've been wanting to do it every since I got the offer and I was being patient because my mom was just like, ‘Wait it out. Wait it out,'" Taylor admitted. "And then she finally told me, she was just like, ‘You know, do what you want to do and make the commitment if that's what you really want to do.' And shoot, from there, I mean that was like my relief to go ahead and call up the coach and let him know how I felt and the vibe, feeling that that's the place for me."

And so he did.

Head coach Bob Stoops got the call and reacted like one would expect he would.

"Right, he was just like, ‘Well, about time. I was wondering when you were going to,'" Taylor said. "And then he was just like, ‘Welcome. Welcome aboard.' And he let his whole coaching staff know because they were asking about when. They were wondering when I was going to commit, and he was pretty excited about it."

Likewise was the young man himself.

"Like every time I went there I just had a really good feeling about the program and the people there and glad to have the opportunity and couldn't let it pass up," Taylor said.

Taylor makes Bob's brother and new defensive coordinator Mike Stoops' first defensive back commitment since returning to the Sooners.

The 6-foot, 173-pound DB who reports a 4.5 40, held 10 total offers, including the Sooners.

He's a four-star product and the 20th ranked cornerback in the country.

Now that the commitment is out of the way, Taylor looks forward to a big event in the next 24 hours, in fact.

"My focus after now, right now is my track," Taylor said. "I run regionals tomorrow and then the next weekend I have the state meet. And then pretty much after that, I'll be in my football mode and get better for my senior year and get ready for college."

He's got a couple goals for his final season at East Central, nothing extraordinary, but certainly important nonetheless.

"My personal goal, I'm just wanting to get a little bit bigger, faster and stronger and make sure I take care of my grades and then let it play out from there," Taylor said.

One thing's for sure: he won't have to think about choosing a school anymore while going after those goals.

That's already taken care of.

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