Prospect is From Dorrell's Alma Mater

UCLA Head Coach Karl Dorrell and his staff are showing interest in a prospect from Dorrell's high school alma mater, La Mesa (Calif.) Helx. Jamar Taylor, the 5-11, 183-pound cornerback prospect, has one scholarship offer and is hearing from the Pac-10, as well as others...

La Mesa (Calif.) Helix is a very familiar place for UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell; it's his alma mater.

The Highlanders currently have one of the better defensive back prospects in San Diego for the class of 2008, and he's very familiar with UCLA.

"I went to six of UCLA's games last year and I camped at UCLA last summer," said Jamar Taylor (5-11, 183). "I'm getting a lot of letters from them and I was really high on them after going to the camps."

UCLA isn't the only school who has been showing interest in Taylor. USC, Notre Dame, Oregon, Duke, Boise State, Oregon State, LSU, Nebraska and San Diego State have also been keeping tabs on Taylor, who has one scholarhsip offer, from the Mountain West.

"Colorado State offered me and I would say that USC, Oregon, Notre Dame, Miami, Michigan and UCLA are my top schools," said Taylor.

Taylor said he thinks that San Diego State could be the next school to offer him. "I've been talking with Coach McDaniel and Coach Ash a lot lately and they could be next," said Taylor.

Taylor said he was unsure if he'll camp at UCLA this summer, but he has a busy schedule of camps in the coming months. "I'm going to a quarterback/receiver showcase on May 18th, then the USC camp in early June, the Cal camp and then the Notre Dame camp, then I'll be working out with the team," said Taylor. "I don't know about the UCLA camp this summer."

Taylor, who is being recruited by UCLA assistant Dino Babers, said each school is looking at him as a cornerback, but he plans to try some offense this year, seeing time at receiver. During his 2006 junior season, he had 64 tackles, 13 deflections, four interceptions, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

He's also got a timetable for his decision. "If a good offer comes in, I'll sit down and think about taking it," said Taylor. "Playing time is a big factor. I don't want to be sitting on the bench and going somewhere that has a lot of DBs. I want to be able to play early."

Taylor is also an excellent student, carrying a 3.95 GPA. He'll take the SAT in May.


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