BREAKING: Cougs land dynamic safety

THE FIRST OFFICIAL VISIT weekend of the year at Washington State had barely crossed the halfway point when City College of San Francisco safety Robert Taylor made his verbal pledge. CF.C spoke to CCSF's head coach, who offered up some stellar insights on the newest Cougar.

Taylor (5-11, 180) went crimson on Saturday during his visit, two independent sources tell CF.C.  Taylor, still on that official visit at WSU, is coming off an excellent season at City College of San Francisco and chose the Cougars over offers from West Virginia, Purdue and others..

The head coach at CCSF, Jimmy Collins, couldn't say enough about Taylor when CF.C spoke to him Saturday evening.

"You are getting a very instinctive football player who has the ability to play corner, safety, can play man-to-man on slot receivers when teams like to spread it out. But more than anything, what they're getting is a natural leader -- he joined out program in August and within three days he was one of the leaders of our entire program. He's just a quiet, really, really good guy," said Collins. projects Taylor as a corner but he will be coming to WSU to play safety alongside another CCSF product, Shalom Luani.

"He and Shalom I believe met yesterday for the first time," said Collins. "...It is my understanding they're going to have him play alongside Shalom next year at safety.

"What makes Robert so valuable, and I'm not an expert in what they do schematically at WSU... but it's very hard to find guys who can go play man-to-man coverage. And that's becoming the new trend in recruiting, I think it's also a trend in the NFL in how they evaluate: turning corners into safeties makes your defensive very versatile."

Taylor posted 43 tackles (28 solo) and picked off five passes this season -- he also returned 19 punts for 220 yards (11.6 avg.) with one return for score.

"I would imagine they'd give him the opportunity (as a returner) because he's just such a smart player," said Collins. "You can trust him back there on punt return. That's a spot you need a guy to make good decisions and to do so quickly. He did a fantastic job for us back there.

"It's pretty dynamic when the ball is in his hands -- whether it's an interception, fumble recovery, a blocked kick ... anytime the ball is in his hands there's a pretty good chance it's going to go to the end zone."

Area recruiter Jim Mastro ran the point on Taylor for Washington State, Collins said, with Washington State DC/DBs coach Alex Grinch also a key.

"One of the things that is going to make Rob very successful there is you can find a lot of great athletes, but to find instinctual football players is tough and that's what Rob is -- he was a great high school receiver and he's just a great all-around athlete," said Collins.

Taylor has three-to-play-two, said Collins.

"I just think it's important for everyone to know you're getting a very good football player and you're getting just an extraordinary, extraordinary young man," said Collins.

Taylor becomes the 21st known verbal commitment in Leach's 2016 class, joining RB Romello Harris, OL Christian Haangana, OL Jaelen Lewis, OL Keenen King, CB Marcus Strong, ATH Justus Rogers DE Mason Vinyard, CB Isaiah Love, LB Derek Moore, LB Chima Onyeukwu, QB Cody Brewer, WR Grant Porter, CB/Nickel Skyler Thomas, OL Joshua Watson, WR Josiah Westbrook, WR/CB D'Jimon Jones, WR Stephen Houston, CB Jalen Thompson, WR/CB Renard Bell and LB Jihad Woods.


CCSF is a national powerhouse junior college, having placed countless numbers of players in the FBS ranks. Over the last 39 seasons, it has 337 wins, 22 conference titles, seven state titles and (at least) seven mythical national championships -- and the 2015-16 season isn't over yet. Taylor and CCSF have already won the Northern California Title, the school’s 14th, and they play Saddleback in the state title game on Dec. 12. Another national title claim is also at stake.

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