Keith Taylor one to watch

The 2017 defensive back class in Southern California already looks excellent, and a prospect with no scholarship offers is catching attention as a possible USC recruiting target.

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco has produced several good defensive backs in recent years and sophomore Keith Taylor made be the next in line of Brave prospects USC pursues.

The Trojans coaching staff already made their first stop to Bosco for May Evaluations and before spring football was over, Taylor made his own trip to see USC.

Notre Dame, Arizona, Arizona State, USC and UCLA have all been down,” said Taylor. “I guess the coaches came in and inquired about me.

“I went to USC for a practice and they talked to me afterward. Coach (Keith) Heyward shook my hand and everything… It was cool talking to him.

“Watching the team, the offense had good energy and tempo. I thought the defense could have played better in practice, but they were alright. they don’t have much depth, but I think they should have a pretty good season.”

Taylor, who is 6-foot-3, 175-pounds, towers over most receivers in the passing circuit. At this early stage in his recruitment no schools have specified whether they will recruit him as a cornerback or a safety.

“I’ll play safety, but I prefer cornerback,” said Taylor. “That’s the position I’ve played all my life. Cornerback is an art and a passion for me. I don’t even play offense, so it’s all defense for me.”

Taylor also made it to Westwood this spring to watch UCLA practice. When talking about schools of interest, the Bruins are at the tip of his list.

“I really liked the energy at their practices,” said Taylor. “Coach Meat (Demetrius Martin) and I have a good relationship. Just talking with him, I feel like I fit in with their defense — their scheme.

“I’d say I really like UCLA. They haven’t really talked about offering though. It’s still going really slow right now, but things are starting to pick up.”

With USC, Taylor was impressed by the hustling campus life in and around the Trojans sports facilities.

“I love the atmosphere at USC when I walk on campus,” said Taylor. “It’s a sports atmosphere on campus. Academics are also a big deal and that comes first, so they have a good education to offer as well.”

While Taylor may very well blow up on the recruiting trail over the next few months, he currently has minimal interest in going far from home for college.

The two schools he hopes most to have scholarships from at this time next summer?

“USC and UCLA,” said Taylor without hesitation. “I just grew up watching those two schools… Reggie Bush and everything. There’s no out of state schools I really want to hear from especially.

“I mean, I would like to look into the Arizona schools more, and maybe Michigan State. I like Michigan State because they produce great DBs. I want to be involved with a program like that.”

Taylor will travel to the Midwest for the Sound Body Sound Mind Camp, which may provide him an opportunity to unofficially visit Michigan State and Notre Dame this summer. Top Stories