San Jose State Lands a Defensive Stud

As announced earlier the San Jose State football program may have recently received as many as four commitments. Inside Sparta has been able to verify three, and we spoke with one on Wednesday evening. This linebacker/defensive end will soon be turning some heads.

The San Jose State football staff first took notice of defensive lineman Eugene Taylor of Oak Grove High School in San Jose towards the end of his sophomore year. In the summer before his junior year Taylor attended camp and SJSU, where he said the staff really began to take notice.

"(SJSU) started talking to me after my sophomore year," he said. "They kept in touch with me through my junior year and offered me in June of this year."

With offers from Idaho, Sacramento State, and Fresno State. However, it was his first official visit that sealed the deal for Taylor and San Jose State.

"I committed on Sunday, at the end of my visit," he said. "I am really comfortable with the staff and like San Jose State. It just seemed right."

Taylor said he was scheduled to take a visit to Idaho but canceled.

In a flashback to the Derek Muava saga, where the Spartans offered the standout running back even though he had suffered a season-ending injury, Taylor suffered the same fate and missed his entire senior season.

"I was playing offense at the time and went out for a pass," he said. "I got hit and tore my ACL, so I didn't play this season."

"I'm almost at 100 percent now," he said.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Taylor said the Spartans are targeting him for either defensive end or outside linebacker, and he said either position suits him fine.

Former Oak Grove star and current Spartans standout Jabari Carr was Taylor's host.

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