Recruiting: Taylor Trips to UT, Is Offered, and...

The hoopla surrounding whether the Horns would extend an offer to <B>Ramonce Taylor</B> kept the Longhorn Nation on the edge of their seats since Sunday. Wednesday evening, Orangebloods have got their answer.

The 'soon-to-be commitment No. 15' story we did on the Belton bluechipper Sunday turned into simply a commitment story Wednesday night, and so we caught up with the kid who drew praise from almost everybody who attended Texas' June 1st mini-camp.

Not only did Taylor land an offer from Texas, he snatched it up faster than you could say Five Mississippi.

A little background: this one actually got going last night as Taylor told IT he was going to call the coaching staff from school this morning. Said he had to take a test at 9 a.m. and would give us a ring around 10:30 a.m. after calling the UT coaches.

Much to his chagrin, the staff was busy working their summer camp, so he left a message and had to play the waiting game. Taylor called IT and admitted he was both excited and nervous at the same time. But he said he'd keep us informed throughout the day when he found out ANYthing. That he did when he called us around 3:30 p.m. to let us know that Mack Brown wanted him and his family to meet him at the Forty Acres at 6:30 p.m. We shared a long conversation during that phone call and didn't even talk about whether he thought he'd commit or not, just shot the bull about his sudden popularity.

He's a really neat kid, a good kid and a talented kid with game.

We held onto the news of his Austin visit at Taylor's request. He said he didn't want a whole bunch of people calling him and that he'd give us the story of his commitment (or non-commitment) immediately after meeting with the Texas coaching staff.

So, without further ado, here's what the athletically gifted footballer had to say just minutes ago after meeting with Mack Brown: "We sat down with Coach Brown and he asked me if I would like to come to Texas."


"I was really happy and so I just went ahead and did it," said the prep who clocked a 4.35 at the both the Nike camp and Texas' summer camp.

"The academics, the storied tradition of the program and the facilities had a lot to do with me committing to UT," Taylor continued.

Another thing he really got a kick out of was the player's lounge.

"They have all these big screen TVs and Playstations and I thought that was really nice, something for the players to hang out in...I liked it."

And what did Taylor's mother Mrs. Ramona Clark think about the idea of turning her only son over to Mack Brown and The University of Texas football program?

"I was nervous, to tell you the truth," Clark revealed. "Ever since my son was making the newspaper and doing well athletically I have been really nervous. Coach Brown offered my son that scholarship and it gave me butterflies. I was thinking to myself, 'That's my baby growing up'."

"But I felt more comfortable with Texas than the other schools recruiting my son," Clark continued. "I know he's going to get a good education there and that's the first priority I had for my son was to get himself a good degree. And UT is very supportive. I just felt like Coach Brown reinforced everything he's been taught at home."

Clark said Brown talks about positive influences and hanging out with the right friends and studying hard.

"And he said that he'd let me know anything my son did right or wrong," a very nice and very proud Clark said. "I felt like Texas would include me in everything my son does and that's important to me."

Being close to home might have had a little to do with it too as Mrs. Clark said, "I want my only son close to home and I think Ramonce would like to be closer to home."

Taylor picked the Horns over Texas A&M, Nebraska, Baylor and BYU.

"I didn't think he'd sign with Texas because he's always been an Aggie fan," Mrs. Clark closed.

The CenTex superstar is 5-11, 185-pounds and Texas said he projects at a few different positions (corner, wideout, kick/punt returner) as Mack and Co. just collected another great kid.

Fifteen verbals plus a transfer punter from Vandy and the '04 class is very close to being wrapped up for the Horns. How many 'ships does Texas have to give?

We examine that in this week's Inside Scoop.

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