Vol recruiting outlook

National Signing Day is just three weeks away but Tennessee's newest aide believes he can have an immediate impact on the Vols' 2004 recruiting class.

''Definitely,'' said Trooper Taylor, who joined UT as running backs coach after five years coaching receivers at Tulane. ''Recruiting is about family. Being part of this family -- going out with a T on my chest -- that's going to open more doors. They (Vols) are on some kids that I was recruiting in the first place, so that's going to help me, as well.''

Certainly, Taylor knows his way around talent-rich Louisiana. That should help Tennessee lure more players out of the Bayou.

''Definitely,'' he said. ''I've recruited there the last five years, and recruiting is about connections and who you know. That opens doors for you, so having those opportunities definitely will help us here at the University of Tennessee to get some more kids from that area.''

A native of Cuero, Texas, Taylor played collegiately at Baylor and later coached there. The connections he developed during those days should help the Vols' recruiting efforts in the Lone Star State.

''I was born and raised in Texas, played high school football in that area, and my name is known there,'' he said. ''I recruited that area probably the longest of any area I've been in. Dallas, East Texas and Houston are perfect areas for me.''

Although Louisiana and Texas are Taylor's most familiar recruiting territories, he also has lured players out of New Jersey. He's agreeable to other areas, as well.

''They can send me to the moon if that's where the players are,'' he said, ''and I'll be excited to go.''

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