By: Shane Kinnee
Toledo Scout Contributor
Toledo has had a lot of success in the past few recruiting cycles with landing Junior College prospects. The Rockets already have one JUCO prospect committed in the 2017 class in Arlington Hambright. Now, with Hambright in the fold, Toledo is now pursuing another JUCO recruit in 2017 Ventura, Cal. (Ventura Community College) wide receiver Cam Taylor.
Coming in at 6-foot-3, 175-pounds, Taylor is a very athletic and explosive receiver, who could make an immediate impact for Toledo. He has become a major target for the Toledo coaching staff. Toledo’s receivers Coach Derek Sage has been in contact with Taylor for about three to four months.
Coach Sage and I talk a lot, we have been in contact every week for the last three to four weeks,” Taylor said about Toledo. “We talk about my qualifications and making sure that I'm able to graduate in December and scheduling a visit really soon coming in June. Coach Sage is honest and I appreciate that, he takes time to see if you fit in the program and can come in and compete at a high level so I'm excited about Coach Sage."
With the coaching staff in constant contact along with the heavy interest in Taylor, one can add in the type of offense Toledo runs and relationship with the coaches which contributes to the winning culture. Toledo has become the JUCO receivers leader within his recruitment because of these things.
“Toledo is a top twenty-five program in my eyes, the talent they get all throughout the Midwest excites me because of the level of football that's played in the Midwest. I like Toledo a lot, Toledo has had receivers I've known nationally, like Alonzo Russell for example, I've seen them explode and I feel like I can come in and compete. Coach Sage keeps it real with me and won't sugar coat and won't say something he doesn't mean. If I'm not mistaken Toledo has cracked the top twenty-five the past few years.”
Taylor is planning on visiting Toledo on June 12th for an unofficial visit. He wants to explore Toledo and see what all they have to offer. However, the main objectives for him is to to see Coach Sage face-to-face and land an offer from The Rockets.
“As of right now, I believe I will be visiting Toledo on June 12th. I want to see the new facilities, I've seen the old ones, I really want to get a chance to meet the rest of the coaches personally, and see what it is like behind the scenes and establish relationships. I'm hoping an offer comes because it's clear my family and close ones to me want to see me close at home, but it's a decision I'll make and go from there.”
The Rockets will be in it until the end for Taylor due to his relationship with Derek Sage and that relationship will continue to grow and become stronger. Not to mention, but Toledo will get an official visit from Taylor for sure this fall.
I'd like to think Coach Sage is pretty serious about getting me out in December and come in January. Toledo will definitely get an official visit from me. We have a good relationship, so I trust he will make a decision based on what's best for him and the staff. If an offer comes, they'll definitely have an advantage over everyone.”
“Toledo, San Diego State, and Indiana State are recruiting me the hardest. I am also hearing from Boise State, Mississippi state, San Diego State, UMass, Indiana State, NAU, Nevada.”
As for a decision, Taylor plans to make a commitment before his senior season, but if he does not have a school he will just wait until after the season. In terms of his recruitment, Toledo has a large lead in his recruitment for many reasons, one of them is due to some family being in the Dayton area. There is no doubt that if Taylor gets on campus, the Rockets will be able to land another JUCO prospect.