Taylor opens recruitment back up

OREGON STATE is back in touch with WR Kerry Taylor, who says he is no longer verbally committed to Arizona State. With the news Sun Devils coach Dirk Koetter had been dismissed, the No. 29 ranked receiver prospect in the nation says things have changed, and there are four right now that are "dead even." One is a school he plans on taking an official visit to over the coming weeks - Oregon State.

Taylor hasn't ruled out the Sun Devils as his final destination but Oregon State, Washington State, Cal and ASU are the top four schools on Taylor's radar and all are dead even, said the four-star recruit.

The quartet have all been in contact over the past week, Taylor said, and OSU called Sunday after the Koetter news was reported. Coach John Wrenn from ASU also called Sunday. Taylor is rated the No. 29 prep receiver prospect in the nation.

"They all pretty much want me to come to their school, they're all still pretty high on me. I'll probably take visits to some of those schools to see what their campuses are like -- I've already taken one to Washington State so probably Oregon State and Cal," said Taylor (6-1, 180).

Taylor said the main thing he'll be looking for in the coming weeks is to figure out the school where he'll feel most comfortable. He said he "definitely" felt comfortable on his trip to Pullman.

"Washington State I've been talking to quite a bit," said Taylor. "Everyone's real close. Everyone up there (on my visit) was real nice. It seemed like a lot of fun, it's a college town, basically. Everyone there loves football. It was a great place and I got along with all the coaches real well. The coaching staff really cares for you, outside of football too. That's a pretty good school, I liked it up there."

BUT TAYLOR ALSO said he plans on putting any decisions about recruiting on the back burner for the next two weeks. This weekend Taylor and Hamilton High have a semi-final playoff game and if they win, the state championship game is the second weekend in December.

"I want to finish out our season strong and not be all overwhelmed with all the recruiting stuff," said Taylor.

ALTHOUGH HE IS no longer verbally committed to ASU, there's still a chance he could end up there, said Taylor. It's simply that there are now a lot of unknowns in Tempe and that he doesn't know when they will be answered.

"ASU they're still in the running too, I guess. Once I see who the new coach is, the coaching staff that is going to be there, how the offense is going to work -- there's still a possibility of me staying home," said Taylor. "It's real disappointing for me because I wanted to play for him and that program but stuff like that does happen...Staying home would always be a plus but I wouldn't have much of a problem with going out of state either."

The 6-1, 180-pounder took a recent official visit to Washington State. He has a playoff game this weekend and if Hamilton wins, the state championship is the following weekend so any official visits will probably have to wait for a bit.

Other schools who have been in contact include UCLA, Oregon and Arizona.

"I have to say every school is pretty much dead even right now," said Taylor. "After Saturday's game where ASU dominated U of A, I thought that game really saved coach Koetter. I was just sold on going to ASU. But then when I got the news, that's when I really started to think about other schools."

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