TE Taylor Marini Visits USF, Gets Offer

Oviedo TE Taylor Marini is one of Florida's top rising prospects and this past weekend made the trip over to Tampa to check out USF for spring practice. The visit went great for the 6-foot-4, 231 pound tight end and led to a USF offer. Read on for all the details and see where the Bulls stand.

Taylor Marini is a tight end prospect at Oviedo high school in Lake Mary FL.  The 2013 prospect made a trip to check out USF during junior day and liked what the Bulls had to offer.

Standing 6-foot-4, 231-pounds with legit 4.7 speed, Marini has all the physical attributes a college program looks for in a tight end. During his junior season, Marini had just two catches for 45 yards, and a touchdown, but excelled as a blocking tight end, that liked to put his hand in the dirt. Marini is also a long snapper.

"My best assets are my aggression, my size and my speed," said Marini. "The thing I want to improve on is my verbal leadership."

This past weekend, Marini was one of many prospects to visit USF over the weekend during spring practice, and the visit went better than planned.  
"The trip went great," said Marini. "I went to their practice and toured their facilities and was offered by coach Holtz and coach Vaas afterwards. It was very exciting."

Marini talked about how he felt about getting that offer from the Bulls.

"It felt great and I was very excited to get that offer," said Marini. "We hold USF in our highest regards and were happy to get it."

The stand-out tight end got to watch the Bulls practice and liked what he saw.

"I really enjoyed how they practice. I thought it was very efficient and well run," said Marini. "The intensity of how they practiced and the family environment really stood out to me."

Marini didn't get to really see the campus but got to see the athletic facilities.

"We only toured the facilities and I really liked them," said Marini. "Everything was top notch, I was really impressed."

Marini got to spend time with much of the offensive staff including tight end Coach Peter Vaas, offensive coordinator Todd Fitch and Head Coach Skip Holtz. He also got to sit in a few meetings and liked what he saw and heard.

"I really liked all the coaches, they real nice people," said Marini. "They said that they liked me and my nastiness and that they'd made up their mind about me and want me to be a Bull!"

On the recruiting front things are going well for Marini, as he's now received 4 offers this spring.

"They're going great I have offers from Louisville, USF, Temple and FIU," said Marini. "USF and Temple are my most recent. I got the one from South Florida last weekend and I got Temple yesterday."

Besides his four offers Marini is getting interest from a host of schools including Miami and Rutgers, but wasn't ready to name any favorites.

"I don't have any favorites just yet," said Marini. "Every school that has offered me is sticking out."

The Lake Mary prospect said he plans on being very busy this spring and summer with visits."I'll be at FIU this weekend and I'm going to Miami for their junior day," said. "I want to go to Louisville, Rutgers, temple Marini and I'll also be at USF again soon."Marini said he won't wait until signing day and wants to make his decision a week before the fall season, and knows what he's looking for in a program.

"I like a pro style offense mainly," said Marini. "My decision will be based off where I feel I fit inn in a program and where I can achieve the education to benefit me in the future."

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