I spoke with Taylor briefly Sunday about his future at Rice - and the circuitous route he took to finally sign with the Owls on February 4th.
"Its simple I wanted to go to Rice from the beginning but they hadn't offered me, so I accepted the offer from Iowa State. I finally got an offer from them and the rest was history."
Rice has to consider themselves fortunate to land McHargue's signature though. If not for a coaching staff change at Iowa State, McHargue may be headed off to Ames this summer.
"If the staff there wouldn't have left, I would probably still be going there. They were the first to offer and though I ended up switching a couple of times, I would have stuck by my decision."
Things worked out for Taylor to come to Rice though so gladly we'll never know what might have been. Thankfully, McHargue had his heart set on coming to South Main. So much so that he isn't effected at all by the fact that he has a new Quarterback Coach at Rice now. Ironically, the coach who would have been his mentor at Rice, Tom Herman, left to take the same Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach job at Iowa State.
"Nothing's really changed for me at all regarding coaching changes. I think Coach "Z" ( new Owl OC/QB Coach Ed Zaunbrecher) has a world of knowledge. I'll learn a lot from him but I'm not really thinking about who my coach will be because I chose Rice for several reasons - not just a coach."
McHargue is anxious to join his freshmen classmates in June when he plans to start classes at Rice. He's hardly sitting idly though. Like so many Rice athletes have been over the years, Taylor is a standout in multiple sports. He also plays Left Field for the Cedar Park Vista Ridge baseball team.
"We're having a decent year at 7-4. We could have a won a couple of those games we lost though."
McHargue is using the sames intangibles Rice was looking for in a dual-threat Quarterback to also excel on the baseball diamond, namely speed.
At his current weight of 205 pounds, he's already stolen 17 bases - including stealing home once. At the plate he's also hitting for a robust .450 average.
That's a great size/speed combination don't you think?!
Taylor told me he is following the workout program sent to him by Rice; but will increase his poundages once baseball season is over.
"Right now I lift more than the baseball guys do, but not quite as heavy as the football off-season guys are."
He said he will have about 6 weeks once the baseball season ends to increase his weight room intensity in preparation for his football career at Rice.
McHargue said he looks forward to his next visit to South Main, which will be in a couple of weeks - he plans to attend the Spring Game on March 28th.
"I'm just excited to get to go down there and hang out with the team a little. Its where I've always wanted to be."