Taylor looking to trim list

With several offers from schools around the country, four-star running back Stepfan Taylor says he is ready to trim the list and start focusing on schools that he plans to visit. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with the blue-chip running back about his decision process and where the Aggies stand.

Mansfield running back Stepfan Taylor continues to get plenty of attention from high Division I programs. With a long offer list that includes Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Minnesota, TCU, Kansas, Stanford, Louisville, Texas Tech, Missouri, Nebraska, and many others, it's not surprising to see that Scout.com has rated the 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back as a four-star prospect and a national Top 300 talent.

"I've got so many offers and coaches wanting to talk to me," Taylor said. "It's difficult because I don't have the time to really focus on particular schools and how they fit me. I know I need to narrow my list down soon."

With that said, the Mansfield product hopes to narrow that list down by early in the summer, and then take some unofficial visits and see where things stand after that.

"I'll start identifying some schools early this summer so I can start taking visits," Taylor said. "I'm not really in a rush to make decision, but if I feel I found the right place for me, I won't hesitate to commit."

While Taylor said he's still wide open to all schools and hasn't cut his list yet, he did indicate that schools who have a good chance to make his next cut include Texas A&M, TCU, Kansas, Stanford, Louisville, Texas Tech, and Missouri.

"I'm looking at the coaching staffs of each school and what they are doing offensively," Taylor said. "I also followed most of these teams on TV so I know what they are doing on the field."

That works for most programs, but when a team like Texas A&M is breaking in a new head coach, how does the talented running back evaluate the Aggies at this point?

"I went to A&M's spring game and got a feel for the offense," Taylor said. "They ran the ball a lot and utilized the running backs in different ways out of the backfield. I liked what I saw."

Taylor plans to attend several summer camps, but he hasn't figured out his schedule and which schools to visit. He said he will likely stay in the state and chances are pretty good he'll attend camps at Texas A&M, TCU, and possibly Texas Tech. Aside from football, Taylor is also wanting to take in the campus atmosphere and the community surrounding each school he visits.

"I want to find a place with a good vibe and a comfortable place outside of football," Taylor said. "I'd prefer a metropolitan area, but it depends. Texas A&M isn't in a big city, but it's cool there and I like the people and the environment. It will depend on each school."

In the meantime, Taylor has been working hard in the offseason to get ready for his senior season and prepare himself for the next level. The team recently concluded spring practices last Wednesday.

"My coaches have said I can take my game to another level by increasing my top speed a little," Taylor said. "I've really dedicated myself this spring and I can tell it's paying off. I feel much faster than last fall and I'm stronger too. I also read the field better this spring and used my blocks better."

For those at home counting, he ran in the low 4.5's in the forty last year, so he's expecting a sub-4.5 time when the team tests in the future.

Mixing in sub-4.5 speed with Taylor's well-documented quickness and cutting ability will give opposing high school coaches headaches next fall while attracting even more college coaches to the Mansfield High School campus.

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