There are two types of defensive ends in college football. Guys that quarterbacks fear and guys that never see a running back go their way. North Crowley 2011 DE Nathaniel Taylor is one that worried 5A district 3 quarterbacks. The junior recorded nine sacks on the season, notching 28 tackles in the process. Getting various mail from multiple schools, Taylor visited SMU when the Mustangs took on Tulane.
"I thought it was pretty nice. I liked it a lot. I really liked the weight room they have. It was really nice. I thought the atmosphere at the game was a pretty good one," said the 2011 prospect. "I have gone to other places. One of them was TCU. I would say that SMU has a nice facility and TCU is old fashion."
"I would descrie myself as a fast defensive end. A guy that likes to use my speed to get around the corner. I'm not the biggest run stopper, but I'm working on it," said Taylor. "I'm just looking for a school and program that is building. Not necessarily someone that is already a top school. More of a place where they need some help and some bodies to get there. I think that is what I want."
The Panthers struggled this season, finishing the year 1-9. Taylor was one of the bright spots on a defense that gave up 42 points per game.
"I feel like I did pretty well indivdually, but the team could have done a lot better," said the defensive end. "I think I need to get a lot bigger and a lot faster. It's going to help my game a lot. I also want to get smarter out on the field. I want to know what is going on before it happens."
The junior is planning a very busy off-season over the next couple of months, hitting combines, camps, and schools.
"I'm going to try to hit a lot of camps this off-season. I got invited to the U.S. Army Combine, so I'm definitely going there. But I think the more camps I hit the better."
PonyStampede.com will check in with this 2011 recruit later this summer.