SMU gets first OL commitment of 2013 class

Pittsburg High School offensive tackle Brian Taylor became the Mustangs' sixth commitment of the 2013 class last weekend. Taylor's work ethic and versatility will serve him well on the Hilltop on and off the field.

SMU is up to six commitments in its 2013 class.

Last Saturday, the Mustangs got its first offensive line commit in Pittsburg High School's Brian Taylor. It was his first visit to the Hilltop.

"It's a great school, the stadium is nice and I like the coaches," Taylor said. "I met [defensive line] coach [Bert] Hill and [offensive line] coach [Bob] Palcic and like them both and from what they were telling me about the school and the academics, I just really liked it."

Among his favorite things about the visit was the stadium, locker rooms and the new George W. Bush library that's under construction.

Taylor, who stands at 6-foot-4, 270 lbs., plays tackle for the Pirates and prefers the right side, but he said he's versatile and can play anywhere on the line.

"I'll play wherever they need me," he said.

According to his high school coach Robert Manly, Taylor could reach 300 lbs. and still move swiftly along the line.

Manly said that SMU is getting a dedicated athlete with quite a work ethic.

"He's in the weight room everyday, works out everyday of the summer and never misses school," Manly said. "He squats over 500 and benches over 300.

"He's a tough kid and really wants to excel and he'll study the game. He's a competitor and gets after it."

His strength is obvious when he competes in track and field, too. Taylor can throw shot put 48 feet and the discuss 150.

Taylor also pitches for the baseball team.

At SMU, Taylor will fit in perfectly with June Jones' Run and Shoot offense, as that's similar to what Pittsburg runs.

"We're no huddle, fast-paced and throw every play," Manly said.

Taylor is looking forward to SMU heading to the Big East his freshman year, too.

"It'll be a great experience for me and I know it'll be nothing like I've ever experienced before," he said. "It will be really fun."

Taylor is thinking about majoring in kinesiology.

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