Taylor to Take in Blue-White Weekend

Four-star Land O' Lakes, Fla., TE will visit Penn State for the first time on Saturday. He talked to Fight On State about what he expects, the recruiting process and his connections to the Nittany Lions.

Ever since he was little, Kent Taylor has liked Penn State.

"I am a Penn State fan," Taylor said.

He may live in Land O' Lakes, Fla., but most of his family hails from Pennsylvania.

"Besides my brother, sister, mom and dad, everybody lives up there," Taylor said. "So I kind of became a fan."

On Saturday, Taylor will make his first visit to Happy Valley – and there are several things he can't wait to experience.

"Really I am just excited to meet Coach Joe Paterno in person," Taylor said. "And I really want to just see it [Happy Valley]."

He added, "I have never even been there. I saw them play Ohio State at OSU, and I have seen them in their last two bowl games. But I have never actually been to Happy Valley."

Taylor is in no rush to commit. He wants to narrow down to a list of around 10 schools this summer.

"It's really kind of hard because I didn't grow up liking anybody," Taylor said. "Well besides Penn State, but that wasn't until I was about 13. So really there is no dream school for me."

The good news for Penn State fans? PSU is about as close of a dream school for Taylor as they come.

Plus, the staff is helping Taylor become more familiar with the Lions, and the role he would play if he chose PSU.

"Penn State had a real good TE two years ago in Andrew Quarless," Taylor said. "The coaches are telling me that I could be a pass catcher like him, and that they could get me there."

Another person who has been a big help throughout his recruiting process is his dad – who was drafted by the Eagles and then played OT for the Buccaneers for eight years.

"He has told me to take it slow, and make sure you see every school," Taylor said. "He is kind of trying to guide me through, but he doesn't talk about it all the time and stuff."

In the Taylor family, football comes easy – and it doesn't hurt that Taylor is 6-foot-5, 215 pounds.

"My biggest strengths are being able to run and catch like a receiver," Taylor said. "And being able to block like a tackle."

For Penn State fans, two things are for sure about Taylor -- he is going to be in town on Saturday and he is excited to see all the hype about the Blue and White.

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