The recruiting season is heating up fast as fall mini-camps rapidly approach. And head coaches are awaiting a response from the players they have offered scholarships to play for them in 2009.
The recruiting wars do not end there. Schools continue to show interest in talented players that they have not offered yet in hopes of landing them later in the process.
That is where twin brothers Darnell and Darius Taylor come into play for Southern Methodist University.
Both told PonyStampede.com that the Mustangs have not offered them a scholarship despite continuing to show interest in the Mesquite duo.
Darnell, a 5-foot-11, 175 pound free safety, is being recruited to play safety or linebacker and has only one offer from Wisconsin. Darius, a 6-foot-0, 225 pound middle linebacker, has no offers.
Both did, however, attend the Mustangs' Junior Day this past spring. "We got to see their style and how they were coached," Darius said. "It helps a lot."
Darius was particularly impressed with the new coaching staff which he believes will bring an up tempo style of play to the program.
Darnell, however, was happy with the location of the university. "It's close to home," he said. "It can't get any better than that."
Both twins registered over 50 tackles last season while Darnell earned All-District honors from his safety position. The two are looking forward to going deep into the playoffs in their final season.
The twins hope that this is not their last season to suit up for the same team. "Me and my brother grew up playing together," Darius said. "And we'd like to continue playing together."
That can potentially favor SMU who is high on both of their lists. The coaching staff told the duo at Junior Day that it'd be present at a couple of their games this season.
The Taylors may be on the Mustang offer list sooner than later if the coaches like what they see then.