In what has fast become one of the most closely watched recruiting stories for the Cardinal's 2010 class, it would appear that Stanford remains very much still in the running for outstanding Georgia LB Michael Taylor. Read on for the latest thoughts from the San Diego native who plans on a trip west before making any final decision. We already have an "MT3", could we score an "MT4"?
Update: LB Michael Taylor
coaching staff has siphoned a tank of talent from the
during the 2009 recruiting frenzy.
The probability of keeping the
Georgia pipeline flowing to Palo
Michael Taylor, is Scout.com's No. 9 ranked linebacker and has put Stanford in
his Top 6. Appearing in the top quartile of
's list is significant considering he has
more than two dozen scholarship offers.
"I can probably trim
[my list] down to six for you," Taylor said. "They would be Georgia , Miami ,
Stanford, LSU, Virginia Tech and Central Florida ."
A handful of premier
schools left out of that upper-tier are Alabama , Auburn ,
Georgia Tech, Tennessee and West
Taylor plays for
High School in
. He is quite aware of the talent
committed to playing on The Farm from his intrastate peers, and has a close
relationship with one of them.
"Tai-ler [Jones] and
I are the best of friends," said
. "We were in a 7-on-7 tournament down in
was on my team and ever since then we've been really good friends. I get along
with Daunte [Carr] really well, we are cool too. I haven't met the other commit
yet, but I'm a pretty personable person so I would probably get along with him
When asked if his
fellow Georgians ever pitch Stanford as a place he should attend
said without a
"Oh yea, [Jones] says
stuff like, ‘we need you dog,' but I just tell him I haven't seen [the campus]
yet and that is the main thing about it,"
said. "I actually talked to Jamal Patterson the other day as well. He was just telling me that if I chose Stanford
I wouldn't regret a thing about it."
Patterson is a 6-3,
201-pound freshman wide receiver from McDonough,
Ga. It is apparent the Georgia roots run deep amongst its athletes, but
Taylor is actually a California native and still calls the Golden State home.
"I got to take a trip
back home out to
for the first couple of weeks of
the summer," he said. "It was good to get back home, but a lot of things have
changed. People there are doing different things with their lives, most of it
negative. I think it was best for me to get away so I could have a better chance
Taylor is originally from
the southeastern sector of
. While visiting this summer, he had plans to travel
but they fell through.
did report that he
is going to take a visit to Stanford in the "near future."
"I haven't heard
anything negative about Stanford,"
said. "I've heard nothing but pluses
about Stanford so I have high expectations about the place."
particularly his mother, would like him to stay close to home to play collegiate
football. He indicated that this favoritism won't factor much into his
"College is about
getting away so I'm going to make the decision that is best for me," stated
. "I'm not
going to do something that is going to benefit somebody else where I'll be
hurting from it in the long run."
Taylor has been involved in
a thorough offseason training program this summer.
"I have been having
three-a-day practices for about two weeks now," he said. "Last week was the
conclusion of the two weeks, but I will probably keep going and carry it over
into this week. Pull workouts, trail runs, you name it; I've done it in these
last two weeks."
first interview with The Bootleg he discussed his ideal playing
position as the middle linebacker spot.
admitted that he will have to put on
pounds to play MLB at the NCAA level, but isn't concerned with adding all the
weight before or during his senior season.
"I am actually a
half-inch or inch taller so my frame is growing," said Taylor, who now stands at
6-1. "So I have a little bit more room to get bigger now. I am working at a
tempo where I can gain some weight and it is coming gradually, but I know in
college I can put on 25-30 pounds easily so I'm not really worried about that
Taylor is only concerned
about preparing to win a
state football title. This
summer, he has also addressed his only weakness listed by Scout.com.
"I have also been
working on shedding blocks very hard," he said. "I came up with a new technique
so these linemen better watch out for me next year."
Taylor was on track to take
the ACT in June, but was forced to reschedule the date to September because of a
holds a three-part SAT score of 1350, and is well-aware of the Cardinal's
selective admission standards.
"If I don't do as
well on the ACT I will probably take the SAT one more time," he said. "And
that's if I'm trying to go to Stanford."
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