Taylor working extra hard this summer

SMU commit JaBryce Taylor has been training vigorously for his upcoming senior season

SMU commit JaBryce Taylor could be described as sleek out on a football field. The Lufkin (TX) star wide receiver plays a multitude of positions including safety and is the backup quarterback at one of the state's premier powerhouses.

Taylor managed 40 catches for 492 yards and six touchdowns in an offense that features their quarterback using his running ability as the focal point, but Taylor is full of big plays. The receiver prides himself on being able to come down with any ball thrown in his vicinity.

"It's mine," Taylor said about his mindset when he sees the ball in the air.

"That's why if it's in my general area I will come down with this ball even if I am taken down or I stay up with it, I will get the ball or else I will be very disappointed in myself."

Taylor has been working with his quarterback this summer to develop their timing on all the throws they make in their offense, which is something he knows he will definitely have to do for the Mustangs in the Run N' Shoot.

Taylor thinks his speed and route running is what he has improved on the most this summer during 7-on-7 and his high school's workouts.

Lufkin will be headed to College Station for the upcoming State 7-on-7 Tournament, where he will also see other SMU commits in action.

Taylor has been logging time at both wide receiver and safety over the summer and feels comfortable at both positions but knows he will be a receiver at SMU.

The decision to attend SMU is not one that is up for discussion with Taylor and his family is as excited as he is about how the school stresses the importance of not only athletics but education as well.

"It's just how much emphasis they put on education and how much effort they put in to not only make me a great athlete but a great student. Also, it is how comfortable I feel on their campus," Taylor said.

Taylor's versatility and work ethic is what sets him a part from some of the other players. Taylor recently went to Colorado Springs to train in the higher altitude to get in better shape.

The training will pay off for Taylor, who figures to see time at receiver, safety, punt and kick returner, where he is especially dangerous, and as a Wildcat quarterback because of his play-making abilities.

SMU will undoubtedly be seeing Taylor's versatility on campus when he arrives in fall of 2013 and could fill a major need as a big play option in the return game but until then, Taylor will continue to frustrate opponents who try to stop him from coming down with the ball on any given play.

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