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
“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
“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
“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.
Keith Taylor one to watch
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