Taubler Talks of Washington Visit

Ian Taubler is a 6-foot-4.5, 248-pound tight end prospect from Bullard High School in Fresno, Calif., and Taubler, who earlier in the recruiting process committed to UCLA, took an official visit to Washington over the weekend. With the coaching carousel moving quickly, Taubler felt it was important to get at least a few official visits in to make sure he did his due diligence before Signing Day.

"Not annoying as it is stressful," Taubler told Scout.com when asked if the recruiting process is starting to take its toll on him. "It's getting down to decision time, you know? Signing Day is in February, so I'll have to have my decision made by then."

He thought he had his decision made back in the summer when he committed to Rick Neuheisel and UCLA, but has since backed off that commitment a little bit when Neuheisel was fired. "You never know what's going to happen down there," he said, matter-of-factly. Taubler said he feels like he's still committed to the Bruins, but in the next breath said that he's 'very open right now'. "I'm just calling them, getting to know them better. I'm going down on my official visit on January 13th and 14th, I think. I want to meet all of them, and that's going to be my first chance to do that.

"I'm not going to know if I like the guys that came in; I want to know more about the offense that they are running. Washington is another great school. I'd be blessed to have an opportunity to go to it, and I'm very thankful that I have that opportunity."

Taubler didn't have a great junior season at Bullard, where he fought through two cases of pneumonia, but turned it all around in a big way as a senior. "This year we went 10-3," he said. "We went to our valley championship, but we lost to Bakersfield." Taubler said he caught 10 passes, two for touchdowns, averaging about 30 yards a catch playing for a running team. On defense he was named Defensive Player of the Year, but told us he is being recruited primarily on offense.

"I'm big, I'm fast," he said. "Most of these guys now, they are just big wide receivers that can run routes. I've had a lot of training with such a running offense, I'm really good at blocking."

The Huskies are apparently enamored with Taubler's potential at TE. "They have Austin Seferian-Jenkins right now, who is a real standout tight end," he said of UW. "They use the tight ends a lot, so they are going to run a lot of two-tight end sets, and hopefully me playing that second tight end my freshman year, hopefully. That's what they want."

As Taubler was being taken around the facilities and school, he noticed Husky Stadium was being taken down and admitted that it was a little weird seeing it in it's current state. The Huskies will play at Century Link Field in 2012 before going back on campus to play in a newly-renovated Husky Stadium, part of a $250 million plan to bring the iconic stadium into the 21st century.

"I can't wait to see it when it's done," he said.

Taubler's UW player-host was Nick Montana. He said the highlight of the 48-hour visit was the time spent getting to know the Husky coaching staff. "I was with them all the time," he said. "I grew a lot with those coaches. I love them all. It was a great experience."

He also saw the Huskies using the tight end at work as they prepare for their Dec. 29th game against Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and Baylor at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Tex. The practices were short, but in Taubler's words, 'high-intensity'. "They get a lot of things done," he added. "They are blasting music the whole time. I really liked it. It was a good experience."

With scholarship offers from UCLA, UW, USC, Arizona, Oregon State and Fresno State, Taubler will officially visit the two Pac-12 schools in southern California before making his final decision.

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