Fleet WR with Leach offer to visit WSU again

GOOD LUCK TRYING to find a faster football prospect. He has a Washington State offer, is threatening some of the all-time prep sprint records in the Evergreen State and plans on unofficially visiting Washington State for a second time later this month.

Seattle's Tatum Taylor (5-10, 160) will be at WSU during a camp event but he doesn't plan on participating.

"I loved it down there (earlier), the whole coaching staff was great," said Taylor. "This visit will be more for my mom to see, she's never met the new coaching staff… and she wants to see the school for herself.

"I'm definitely keeping in contact with Washington State, and my mother talked to coach (Eric) Russell and that was really good… And she'll be able to see how they're turning it all around with () Coach Mike Leach and adding onto their stadium."

Taylor, as you may have gathered, can flat out fly. He recently ran a hand timed 4.21 in the 40 – in bare feet no less, (video below).

His personal bests in the 100 and 200 meters this season are 10.39 and 21.41, respectively. The all-time state records in those events, set back in 1997, are 10.27 and 21.02, (Ja'Warren Hooker).

He took the state title in the 100 meters last month and finished third in the 200 meters. Taylor's personal best in the 100-m actually should have been faster, he said.

"I went back and broke down the video…as I always do and after looking at it…I shut it down with 5-10 meters left..I have a bad habit sometimes of not running through the line, but I'm working on that," said Taylor.

Taylor said he has 3-4 meets left, including the Junior Olympics in Houston and the national qualifiers meet in Seattle.

He holds offers from Washington State, OSU, Utah, Purdue, Idaho and Wyoming. Other schools who are showing increasing interest and that Taylor said he talks frequently to include ASU, Boise State and Colorado State. He said he hopes to camp at both ASU and BSU but it could be difficult with his schedule.

TAYLOR DOES PLAN on visiting Corvallis in June, again as a non-participant at one of the Beavers' camp events, to get a first hand feel for the coaching staff and school. He's been in ever-increasing contact with Mike Riley and OSU, he said, and his mom will also make that trip.

"We've been trying to build a relationship," said Taylor of Riley. "Coach 9Danny) Langsdorf came by during (the May Evaluation) and watched me run track…They want to put me at the slot, do some motions, get some reverses, motion into backfield and come out, and also in the return game."

NAMED ONE OF the 2013 Nuggets in Waiting by the Tacoma News Tribune, was the Metro Mountain Division Offensive co-MVP and first team all-state as a junior.

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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