3-star RB adds Coug offer, wants to visit WSU

WHEN YOU HEAR OF J.J. Taylor’s height, you may not think he’s a prototypical running back. Checking in at 5-7, he is not the biggest, but he’s got speed and checks in at 170 pounds. And on Tuesday, the Washington State staff took notice of that speed, extending him his first Pac-12 offer. Taylor told Cougfan.com it was no doubt a special one.

“They offered me on Tuesday,” Taylor out of the Corona, Calif., told CF.C on Friday morning. “I got the offer as a running back and to be honest with you, I was surprised. I was almost shocked really. I wasn’t prepared for them to offer me, but Coach Ken Wilson gave me the news.”

The Cougs join Nevada, Montana State, Sacramento State, Ohio and Weber State in offering the 5-7, 170-pounder. He’s also receiving interest from Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming.

WSU ASSISTANT KEN WILSON is the point man in Corona, Calif., prospect’s recruitment.

“Coach Wilson basically told me that he had been waiting for the okay from the head coach to give me the offer,” Taylor said. “We spoke on Tuesday and he said that the coaches like my film and liked my speed. It was special getting that offer from them.

“They were the first Pac-12 team to offer. This is something my parents and my family really wanted. My parents were as happy as I was. They were basically telling me how proud of me they were.”

Taylor (pictured above), who has run a hand-timed 4.4 40-yard dash, is ranked three stars by Scout.com and the No. 81 running back in the country. He’s also the No. 11 RB on the West Coast, per Scout.

“I’m a small running back height wise, but a lot of people tell me I’m very fast out of my cuts,” Taylor said. “I may not have track speed, but I can really move when I’m out on the football field.”

TAYLOR ADDED that he currently has no favorites and is hoping to make his final decision during the middle of his football season.

He plans on keeping in close contact with the WSU staff, though, and wants to get to campus in the coming months.

“I’m planning on getting up there sometime this summer,” Taylor said. “I’m kind of working on that right now to figure out when the best time would be to go up there and meet with the coaches.

“I’m actually going to see them at a camp on June 16 at Redlands University. The coaches from WSU are going to be there, so I’m planning on talking with them a little bit more about it then.”

As a junior in 2014, Taylor rushed for 1,657 yards and a mind-boggling 27 touchdowns.

HERE ARE SOME more recruiting nuggets for you:

• On Tuesday, class of 2015 wide receiver Tavares Martin Jr. informed CF.C that he faxed in his National Letter of Intent to Washington State. WSU is yet to officially announce his signing, but that could come soon. Martin Jr., rated three stars by Scout, was originally headed to West Virginia, but the school pulled his offer shortly before NSD.

• On Wednesday, the Cougs extended a scholarship offer to Antelope High (Calif.) left tackle Jaelan Lewis. The senior-to-be holds offers from WSU, Utah State, Sacramento State and San Diego State, per Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee.

• Earlier this week, WSU also extended an offer to class of 2017 signal caller Ryan Kelley, Scout’s Jason Jewell reported. The Chandler, Ariz., product, who checks in at 6-2, 170-pounds, also holds offers from Arizona State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Texas A&M and UCLA.

• Another prospect to land a WSU offer on Tuesday was Long Beach CC safety London Iakopo. The 5-11, 190-pounder also holds an offer from Arizona.

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