Athlete Discovers Recruiting

Unknown before the Adidas Camp in April, the 6-4, 215-pound tight end prospect Monte Taylor from Los Angeles Washington Prep is now hearing from the Pac-10...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Washington Prep tight end Monte Taylor, (6-4, 215) came out of nowhere to be one of the standouts at this spring's Adidas Elite Camp at UCLA.

Having only played one year of high school football, and a shortened one at that because of a knee injury, Taylor was laying low when it came to recruiting, but since the Adidas Camp, has had a steady influx of schools expressing interest.

"I'm hearing a lot now from USC, UCLA, Washington State, Kansas State, Oregon and Nevada," said Taylor. "Oregon and Nevada have come by my school already, and USC, UCLA and Washington State are supposed to be this week."

Taylor said his top three were all Pac-10 schools -- USC, UCLA and Oregon -- and if one school in particular offered him a scholarship, he'd commit.

"If USC offered me, I'd commit right away," he said. "They are my favorite school. I like UCLA a lot, too, and same with Oregon, but the Trojans are the top one."

At the Adidas Camp, Taylor's lone spring camp, he impressed the college coaches in attendance with his athleticism, jumping well over 35 inches in the vertical, looking very fluid and quick for his size when running a 4.6 40 (which was very fast for the day) and having good pass-catching technique. He said he thought he did even better in the drills: "I think that camp was the first chance for people to see me because of my knee. I can't wait to get back out on the field though. We start 7-on-7 this weekend so it will be my first time back really. My knee is holding up really well. I'm just anxious to get out there."

During the summer, Taylor said his camp plans remain in the air; he will discuss a camp schedule with his coach soon. He said, "I know some schools said they still want to see some senior film and see me on the field more before they offer. I understand that."

His family would like to see him stay close to home, and the Pac-10 is his desired conference.

Academically, Taylor said he had a 2.8 and is taking SAT Prep classes for a fall test.

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