Aggies Land Playmaking Outside Linebacker

The Texas A&M coaching staff has been searching for a future replacement for Von Miller. They may have found their man. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop spoke to Galena Park playmaker Tyrell Taylor about his official visit to Texas A&M and verbal commitment.

The state of Texas produces close to 400 prospects that sign annually with Division-I football programs around the country. With the migration of American families to the lone star state, many new high schools and football programs are popping up every year. Add in the emerging dynamic of early recruiting whereby top programs like Texas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and LSU recruit and verbally accept commitments from juniors nearly a year before national signing day, and that's a recipe for some very good senior football players looking for a collegiate home.

With the Texas A&M coaching staff still looking for Von Miller's replacement at the rush linebacker position (joker), one of the assistant coaches ventured over to Galena Park High School and watched the senior highlight film of defensive end Tyrell Taylor. Most coaches from other schools that did visit Galena Park (east of Houston) felt the defensive end was too small for the high D-1 level at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds. However, when the Texas A&M staff saw the film, they didn't see an undersized defensive end, they saw an incredibly quick and fast rush linebacker in the mold of Miller.

"Sometimes these college coaches get caught up in measurables and don't see the playmaking ability in some of these kids," GP head coach Ray Zepeda said. "I've got a kid here in Tyrell who's 6-foo-4 with an incredible wing span that can run a 4.47 and has a nose for the football, but most coaches wouldn't look at him because he puts his hand on the ground in high school."

Taylor also has the statistics to back up his coach's claims of being a big playmaker. Not only did the senior register 52 tackles, but he also collected 14 TOL, 12 sacks, and forced three fumbles in 2010. Those numbers were good enough to earn him the district defensive MVP award. In the past two seasons, Taylor has amassed an incredible 23 sacks.

As a result of evaluating his senior game films, Texas A&M invited Taylor and his family to College Station for an official visit this past weekend to watch the team during Cotton Bowl preparations. On Saturday, head coach Mike Sherman sat down with the Galena Park product to discuss his future.

"Coach Sherman brought me into his office and he discussed that he wants players that will work hard and will be disciplined both in football and with academics," Taylor said. "He wanted to know if I was willing to put in the dedication and effort to play at this level and graduate with a degree from Texas A&M."

Taylor was quick to answer Sherman.

"I was excited. I said, ‘yes sir, I'm ready to do what it takes to be successful'", said Taylor. "He said that if I was excited to work hard for him that he wanted to offer me a scholarship. I couldn't believe it. I accepted immediately."

When asked why he was so quick to accept the offer, Taylor indicated that he felt comfortable at Texas A&M and it was the best fit for his game.

"First of all, I really got along well with the players and coaches. They made me feel comfortable here," Taylor said. "Second, the facilities and the campus were great. Also, the school is close to home so my mom and family can come watch me play every week."

Prior to his recruitment by the Aggies, Kansas, Utah St., Louisiana-Monroe, and Central Arkansas were showing interest by early December. Taylor also has a twin brother (Tyrone) in the class of 2012 that is also an under-the-radar defensive end, and he too gave a verbal commitment to the Aggies during the weekend.

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