Taylor Jumps on the Scene

The Los Angeles (Calif.) Franklin receiver, Joshua Taylor, was the top performer at UCLA's 7on7 Tournament, and got some good feedback from the Bruin coaches...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Franklin receiver Joshua Taylor was one of the pleasant surprises at UCLA's 7on7 Tournament on Sunday, arguably the top performer in the event.

Taylor helped GameChangers win the tournament, with a big day throughout.

The 6-3, 175-pound receiver Taylor came up clutch throughout the day, with a number of bigtime catches for scores, including one in the back of the end zone where he jumped over two defenders, palmed it and brought it in for a one-handed catch.

The thing you noticed about Taylor was his excellent body control and ability to adjust to the passes. He's got very good speed and good hands.

"The tournament was real fun, and it was nice for me and my team," said Taylor. "We just played hard. There were some teams out here that were tough, and there was good competition and I'm just excited that we won."

Taylor has a couple of offers, but is hoping for some more from the Pac-12.

"New Mexico State and UNLV offered me as a receiver, but I'd like some from the Pac-12," said Taylor.

Taylor spent a lot of time with UCLA receivers coach Eric Yarber at the conclusion of the tournament, and Taylor said he got good feedback. "Coach Yarber talked with me and said he was working on an offer," said Taylor. "An offer from UCLA would be awesome. I'm not too far from UCLA, it's the home school, and it would be great for my mom to come watch me at the Rose Bowl."

Aside from the Bruins, a number of other Pac-12 schools have been in contact with him.

"Washington, USC, Arizona, Colorado, schools like that, mostly Pac-12 schools, have been talking to me," said Taylor. "I really want to say on the West Coast."

Last fall, Taylor played quarterback for Franklin, throwing seven touchdowns and rushing for six, but this season, he'll go back to playing receiver fulltime.

"I played quarterback to help my team out but I'm going back to receiver this year," said Taylor. "I play free safety, but everyone is recruiting me as a receiver."

Taylor said he's close to a 3.0 and will take the SAT and ACT in the fall.

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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