Taylor, 33, a former player at Baylor and wide receivers coach at Tulane, comes on board just in time to help Phillip Fulmer's staff wrap up what they hope will be another outstanding recruiting campaign. It's no secret that his reputation as a high-caliber recruiter was a key factor in his hiring. And his addition to the Vols staff won't hurt Tennessee's chances of landing Ja'Kouri Williams, a running back out of Plaquemine, La., who is rated No. 7 at his position nationally by The Insiders and regarded as a key target for UT's recruiting campaign.
A five-year veteran of Tulane's staff, Taylor who began his coaching career in 1993 as a graduate assistant at Baylor and became a full-time member in 1994, coaching receivers. He coached the secondary for Baylor the next two seasons and moved back to wide receivers for a year before accepting a job offer from New Mexico. He moved on to Tulane in 1999 and coached four receivers that went on to the play in the NFL.
"It's a good opportunity for Trooper and his family,'' Tulane coach Chris Scelfo told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "He's a done a lot of good for us.''
Tulane assistant coach Garrett Chachere agreed with his boss' assessment of the popular assistant adding: "We're all happy for Trooper."
Taylor will renew an association with current Vols wide receivers coach Pat Washington who also served on Baylor's coaching staff in 1994.
There has been speculation that Washington and Taylor could switch coaching responsibilities at Tennessee with Taylor taking the receivers and Washington tutoring running backs for the Vols.