Seattle speed merchant to soon visit Pullman

THERE'S TRACK SPEED and then there's football speed. Tatum Taylor, who holds an offer from Mike Leach and Washington State, has both. The 5-10, 158-pound prospect out of Seattle's O'Dea High has a busy schedule the next several months but still plans on heading to Pullman on an unofficial visit in the coming weeks.

"The biggest thing Washington State liked about me is I can play wide receiver and multiple positions…they like my big play ability. I had about 14-15 plays this past season that went over 50 yards and for touchdowns. They liked me speed and elusiveness and they also saw this one video on me -- they liked that I didn't just have track speed, that I had football speed," said Taylor.

Taylor comes across on the phone as humble and articulate, but his speed speaks volumes. In late February according to DyeStat, Taylor ran the fastest prep indoor 60-m time in the nation this year, a scalding 6.79 seconds. His personal bests in the 100-m and 200-m are 10.68 and 21.82.

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There are a number of items that will go into Taylor's decision, he said. And WSU has certainly caught his ere.

"I love Wazzu, I think it would be a good place for me. I like the direction they're going under Coach Leach. They're putting 140 million dollars into the football program and I like their system. Mike Leach has put slot receivers like myself into the NFL…and Coach Leach has an amazing track record as far as wins and points per game," said Taylor.

Taylor, who gained over 1,100 yards rushing and stacked up 30 tackles on defense, said WSU likes him at slot receiver.

TAYLOR HOLDS OFFERS from Washington State, Purdue, Idaho and Wyoming and is hearing more and more from Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, UW, ASU and others.

An uncle and three cousins of Taylor's went to Washington State. His dad played basketball at Notre Dame.

"I plan on (unofficially) visiting UCLA, probably when school ends. And then Wazzu for sure, I'm going up there on the 22nd," said Taylor.

NAMED ONE OF the 2013 Nuggets in Waiting by the Tacoma News Tribune, Taylor picked up a plethora of awards after his junior campaign including Metro Mountain Division Offensive co-MVP and first team all-state.

Taylor's official 2011 statistics from longtime O'Dea head man Monte Kohler: RUSHING: 103 touches for 1,014 yards (9.84 ypc) and 17 TDs; RECEIVING: 6 catches for 78 yards (13.0 ypc) with 1 TD; PUNT RETURNS: 11 for 209 (19.0 avg) with 1 TD; KICKOFF RETURNS: 19 for 396 yards (20.84 avg)

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