Seattle's Tatum Taylor (5-10, 160) has been in ever-increasing contact with Mike Riley and OSU, he says.
"We've been trying to build a relationship," said Taylor. "Coach Langsdorf came by during (the May Evaluation) and watched me run track... They want to put me at the slot, do some motions, get some reverses, motion into backfield and come out, and also in the return game.
"Coach Riley said he reminds me of James Rodgers a lot. He likes guys with speed and who can stretch out the field, and that clicked for him.. He said I could have a pretty good career at Oregon State."
TAYLOR SAID HE PLANS on visiting Corvallis during one of the Beavs' Premier Performance Camps, on June 15. He's not going there to participate though, but rather to get a first hand feel for the coaching staff and school.
Taylor, as you may have gathered, can flat out fly. He recently ran a hand timed 4.21 in the 40 – in bare feet no less, (video below).
His personal bests in the 100 and 200 meters this season as a junior are 10.39 and 21.41, respectively. The all-time state records in those events, set back in 1997, are 10.27 and 21.02, (Ja'Warren Hooker). He took the state title in the 100 meters last month and finished third in the 200 meters. Taylor's personal best in the 100-m, he said, actually should have been faster.
"I went back and broke down the video…as I always do and after looking at it…I shut it down with 5-10 meters left..I have a bad habit sometimes of not running through the line, but I'm working on that," said Taylor.
Taylor said he has 3-4 meets left in his track season, including the Junior Olympics in Houston and the national qualifiers meet in Seattle.
HE HOLDS OFFERS from Oregon State, WSU, Utah, Purdue, Idaho and Wyoming. Other schools who are showing increasing interest and that Taylor said he talks frequently to include ASU, Boise State and Colorado State. He said he hopes to camp at both ASU and BSU but it could be difficult with his schedule.
He also plans on unofficially visiting Washington State for a second time in June.
"I loved it down there, the whole coaching staff was great.. This visit will be more for my mom to see, she's never met the new coaching staff… and she wants to see the school for herself," said Taylor.
Taylor said his mom also plans on making the trip with him to Corvallis.
NAMED ONE OF the Nuggets in Waiting by the Tacoma News Tribune, Taylor was the Metro Mountain Division Offensive co-MVP and first team all-state as a junior.
Taylor's official 2011 statistics from longtime O'Dea head man Monte Kohler: RUSHING: 103 touches for 1,014 yards (9.84 ypc) and 17 TDs; RECEIVING: 6 catches for 78 yards (13.0 ypc) with 1 TD; PUNT RETURNS: 11 for 209 (19.0 avg) with 1 TD; KICKOFF RETURNS: 19 for 396 yards (20.84 avg)
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