It’s a busy month for Kolby Taylor. BeaverBlitz caught up with him to get the recap on everything the former Chandler star and now current Beaver has been up to.
“This past month has been one of the most jam packed times in my life," he said. "It started with my Chandler squad winning a state championship, and then I signed my financial aid agreement with Oregon State. Traveled to Dallas with my Chandler team to watch them in the bowl game in Dallas, celebrated the holidays with my family, had my brother receive a job offer at Oregon State to coach the same position group that I’ll be a part of and then finally moving up to Corvallis to start my collegiate career. To say it’s been busy would be an understatement.”
The excitement for Taylor started Thanksgiving weekend as his Chandler Wolves avenged their only in-state loss this year, defeating Mountain Pointe for the state championship. Although Kolby was forced to miss his entire senior season as he recovered from breaking his left fibia, he was a constant presence in the film room and another coach for the younger wide receivers at Chandler.
Following the Arizona 6A championship game was a two-week period in which Taylor wrapped up life as a high school student and signed his financial aid agreement that would be the first step in starting his life as a collegiate student athlete.
“After signing day, high school wrapped up and we were heading out to Texas for the GEICO bowl game against Valdosta High School of Georgia. Being out there at the Dallas Cowboys training facility was just like a dream come true. They treated us all really well and the facility there was just amazing,” Taylor told BeaverBlitz. “Then the game was great, my boys showed up and played hard in making us all proud. TJ did what he’s done all season long and some of the young guys had big games in leading us to a big win on national TV.”
That was just the beginning of a good week for the Taylor family as Kolby’s older brother, Kerry, announced that he would be joining the Oregon State coaching staff as an offensive quality control coach with the wide receivers.
“Having my brother up here with me in Corvallis means so much to me. There’s a 10-year age gap between the two of us, but he’s really taught me just about everything I know about football. I really got to kind of grow up watching him play through high school, college and then go on to the NFL. So not only do I get the comfort of having my brother around as I start my college career, but I know that he’s a great coach as well. We’re all going to get to learn a lot from him and Coach Phillips as well. But this will also be a great experience for Kerry as he will get to kind of launch his coaching career and learn a lot from all of the great coaches on the Beavers’ staff.”
After spending the holidays with his family, it was time to pack up his stuff to make the long move up to Corvallis. It wasn’t an easy drive however, adverse weather slowed down the moving effort.
“We made it up here this past Thursday after driving for over 20 hours. Hauling a trailer up and hitting the snow and cold weather really slowed us down but we made it safely. Since I’ve been up here it’s been fun, we’ve had some snow and I’ve gotten to spend some time with the coaching staff and then also getting to know some of the other guys a bit better. Jake (Luton) just got up here the other day, but Isaiah (Hodgins) and I have been spending time together. We walked around campus together trying to find our where our classes were going to be and just to become more familiar with where things are at.”
With OSU closed Monday due to the inclement weather that has engulfed nearly the entire state, Kolby will have to wait a couple more days before his classes start and his college career begins.