Cedric Taylor Finalizes Plans

Cedric is very much interested in the Nittany Lions. The big, powerful back from Florida has finalized his plans. Will he end up a Nittany Lion?

Name: Cedric Taylor
Position: RB
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 240 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5
School: Mandarin High School, Jacksonville, Florida

"He's going to junior college," Cedric's head coach Richard Burnoski said Monday evening. "He's going to Butler Community College in Butler, Kansas.

"He didn't want to go to the prep school route. Butler told him that they'd get him out in 3 semesters fully qualified, and then he can sign with a Division I team.

"He's supposed to start this summer, play in the fall, and then he'll be out in the spring. He'll only lose one year of eligibility."

Where is he thinking about going after that?

"To Penn State," he replied.

Penn State was not involved with Cedric's decision to attend Butler.

"Butler contacted me first and asked me about him and where he was at. They kind of convinced me that that would be the best route. Then they called him and talked to his mom about it and they decided that's where they want him to go.

"I talked to him about it and that's what he said he wants to do."

Did he receive his test score?

"He did, and it wasn't good enough. That's why he decided to go this route. The problem with prep school is that if he goes, he still has to pass the test to get out and be eligible. They prepare you for the test.

"He just didn't feel like he was going to be able to get the score, so junior college is the best route because you don't have to take the SAT coming out of there. All you have to do is have your credits. At junior college, when you earn your credits, you're qualified, you don't ever have to pass the SAT.

"He's going to play tailback. They've been the national champs 3 out of the last 4 years in junior college. It's all Division I guys that haven't qualified. They lost the national championship game this year to Georgia Military.

"In junior college, there is a scholarship division and a non-scholarship division. This is the scholarship division. They compete for the national championship. In the non-scholarship division, they play each other but don't compete for the national championship."

Cedric went to Catawba in North Carolina this weekend, a Division II school, which was offering him a full scholarship.

"They could get him in without the test score because he has the core GPA. He went there to hear what they had to say and to look at everything. He decided that wasn't for him."

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