Big Texas DL Talks About UCLA

One of the big recruiting targets for UCLA on defense is 6-5, 280-pound lineman Adrian Taylor from Mansfield, Texas. With over 50 scholarship offers, Taylor won't name a leader, but he talks pretty glowingly about one program in particular...

Mansfield (Tex.) High defensive lineman Adrian Taylor (6-5, 280) isn't ready to concede his top five schools, but said that one school in particular is doing really well with him.

"UClA is one of them. It's one of those schools that I really like," Taylor said. "I know I am going to take a trip out there, I just don't know exactly when."

Taylor said that while he has the size to play some defensive tackle, he wants to play at end and that the UCLA staff said that Taylor could play that provided he ends up a Bruin. Taylor said, "Coach (Gary) DeLoach is the one recruiting me for UCLA and he said that they would put me at end. That is a big factor for me in a school, whether they let me play end. If a school is looking at me as a tackle, then I may not be as interested, but UCLA likes me as an end."

The other schools that Taylor mentioned he's interest in are Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona, Texas A&M and Kansas.

"I haven't set any of my trips yet. I don't know when I'll do that, but probably soon," said Taylor.

When asked if the pressure was on him to stay in-state, Taylor clarified that situation. "At first, it was a big deal to my family for me to stay in-state or at least close to home, but now my family said it doesn't matter but to do whatever is best for me," said Taylor. "I'm looking at Texas A&M (in-state), but the other schools are all out of state and I'm serious about them."

Taylor said he has over 50 scholarship offers and narrowing the schools down has been a tough haul.

"I have a lot of options, but right now I have to figure out which ones are best for me," said Taylor.

While he declined to name a leader, Taylor seemed to be very intrigued with UCLA.

"They've been on me for a while, and they are the one school I know I will definitely visit," said Taylor. "They have a good program and a good education."

On the year, Taylor said he had six sacks but wasn't sure of his tackle numbers.

He has a 3.3 GPA and took the SAT earlier this month.


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