WR gets family feel from... Marquess Wilson?

HEADING INTO HIS official visit, Seattle's Tatum Taylor was hoping to experience the family vibe and sense of brotherhood at WSU he's so often heard about. The O'Dea wide receiver prospect tells CF.C the Cougs answered that call in a big way and one person in particular brought it home for him on his visit. And it's someone you might find hard to believe -- Marquess Wilson.

Taylor was hosted by WR Isiah Myers. He also spent plenty of time with fellow WR Dominique Williams, plus a former standout Coug.

Marquess Wilson.

Wilson left the WSU program shortly after the Cougs blowout loss at Utah and released a damning statement. But Wilson this weekend had nothing but positive things to say about the Cougar coaches and players, says Taylor.

"He was a really nice guy," Taylor said. "He was telling me great things about the team and the staff. He told me that he himself wasn't very happy with how things were going, but told me that WSU has great coaches. I was sad to hear about him leaving the program, but him telling me how great the school is really showed maturity on his part."

TAYLOR AND host Myers developed a strong bond and the 5-10, 160-pound speedster credited Myers for making his crimson experience so special.

"He was truly the best host I could have asked for," Taylor said. "He looked out for me and it was great to hear about his story and how he came to Pullman from Florida. He told me great things about the coaches and how the program was on the rise."

Indeed, Taylor said his official visit to the Palouse couldn't have gone much better.

"Oh, it went really well," Taylor said. "I got to spend a lot of time with the staff and I met a lot of the guys on the team. I developed a bond with some of the players and recruits. The new coaching staff is bringing in a good group of kids and I think we can do some good things here in the future."

Although Taylor didn't commit during his visit this weekend, he did say that Washington State is a school he can "definitely" see himself playing at for the next four years.

"They moved up for me after my trip," Taylor said. "It's hard for me to pick a highlight from the trip because there were so many. I can see myself being a Washington State Cougar. I come from O'Dea which is a small school, but we really focus on brotherhood. While I was in Pullman, the players were like a big family and I really enjoyed that."

THE REBUILDING OF the WSU program was one of the main points of discussion Taylor said he had with head coach Mike Leach during his trip. The two had a solid one-on-one meeting and Taylor said the possibility of playing for Leach certainly adds to his intrigue in Wazzu.

"Just knowing his history and how he sends receivers to 'the league' really interests me," Taylor said. "We talked about my role in the offense and how I could see the field next season. It was great for me to see that he believes in me like that and it was what I was hoping to hear."

Taylor, who has trimmed his list down to WSU, Kentucky, Oregon State and Arizona State, will take a trip to Corvallis next weekend and said he plans on making his decision shortly after that.

"While I was at Wazzu, Oregon called and wants to set up an official visit (for track). If I go there, I might make my decision a little later," said Taylor.

As excited as Taylor is to head to visit the Beavers next weekend, he did say the trip to Pullman will be a tough one to match.

"I was impressed with how well everyone got along," Taylor said. "The team enjoys their time together and even though there might not be a whole lot of things to do in Pullman, they still have fun. I was never bored during my trip and I was actually hoping to stay longer. It was a great time and it was a big family feel. That's exactly what I'm looking for in a team."

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