Signee Capsule: Kolby Taylor

Wide receiver Kolby Taylor is the latest signee that we breakdown.


Kolby Taylor comes from a long line of wide receivers that have found success at the highest of levels. His father, Keith, played for nine years in the NFL; his uncle is 49er legend and 3-time Super Bowl Champion, John Taylor; and he has two older brothers who have played collegiate football including Kerry who starred at ASU before bouncing around in the NFL. Kerry is now a wide receiver quality control coach at OSU. The youngest of the Taylor family, Kolby signed earlier in December, graduating early from national powerhouse Chandler High School in Arizona and enrolled at Oregon State in January. He is participating in spring camp in a non-contact capacity as he continues to rehab from a broken leg that forced him to miss his entire senior campaign. Despite missing the season, he was still recognized as a team captain by his teammates. As a junior, he set school records with 69 catches for 879 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns, he scored 6 more on the ground and took a kickoff to the house. His record setting season earned him 1st team all state accolades, building upon an honorable mention all-state recognition sophomore season. Scout rated him as a 3* athlete, the #16 WR in the West region and #1 ranking in the state of Arizona. He is currently listed at 5’11” and 194 pounds, according to the official OSU website.


Kevin McGiven – Area


Taylor pledged to Coach McGiven and the Beavers back in May of his junior year, several months prior to suffering the broken leg that would force him to miss his senior year. At the time of his commitment, he chose OSU over ASU, Duke, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisville, Memphis, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico State, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Utah and Wisconsin, while receiving interest from a number of other programs. May 31st was a big day for the Beaver coaching staff as they secured three commitments on that day (Taylor, OL Fabian Kratz, & DB David Morris).


“It’s home! The family atmosphere here in Corvallis is 2nd to none.”


Can take the lid off and really stretch the field… Works well in tight areas, ability to both make people miss and run through arm tackles… Has elite speed and acceleration… Can work on the outside or in the slot. Compact and strong… Good balance, can run the fly sweep, reads blockers well… Great vision in seeing running lanes and reading blocks... Compares favorably to James Rodgers, only taller… If he can fully recover from his leg injury in time, he could easily see playing time next fall and would be used in a myriad of different ways.


At time when Taylor committed to the Beavers, he was off to a solid start to his recruitment gathering offers from a number of programs across the nation. Had he not broken his leg, he would have undoubtedly built upon his record breaking junior season and seen even more interest from other programs. Even had he seen an uptick in interest from other programs, I’m not sure it would have deterred him in his pledge to Oregon State. The relationship that Coach McGiven has built with the coaches at Chandler High School puts the Beavers in the discussion with any talent coming out of that school. The pipeline to Chandler would have been even stronger had TJ Green stuck with his commitment.

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