4-star Arizona prospect gives WSU a call

AMONG THE 2-DEEPS at receiver on Washington State's roster when the 2006 fall camp opens, roughly two-thirds are expected to be juniors and seniors. One 4-star WR prospect in the 2007 class out of Arizona who has landed a Cougar offer is Chandler's Kerry Taylor. The 6-1, 180-pound uber-playmaker placed a call to the Cougs just this week.

"I actually called Washington State probably just about an hour ago," Taylor told Cougfan.com on Thursday evening. "We've talked in the past, so this was just kind of a catch up for the last couple weeks."

WASHINGTON STATE IS implementing more of a group approach under new recruiting coordinator Greg Peterson but each coach is still assigned a territory. In Arizona, Peterson is the point man of the Cougar efforts.

"Coach Peterson, he's a real cool guy -- real positive," said Taylor. He told me he really likes me a lot and wants me to get up there and be a Cougar.

"We talked about the offense up there, the players they have and the quarterbacks they have coming in. I guess they have some real quarterbacks up there for the years that I would be there."

THE COUGARS aren't the only one on the trail of Taylor. At least one other Pac-10 school recently told Taylor he's the No. 1 receiver on their board. Besides the Cougs, Taylor holds offers from ASU, Cal, Oregon State, San Diego State, Boise State and UTEP.

"I've also been talking to USC, ASU, Oregon State and San Diego State quite a bit," said Taylor. "Playing time and the depth chart will probably be important. I want to make sure it's a good area and I want to make sure I get along with the coaches. Location, it really doesn't matter to me, I'll go anywhere."

Taylor said he remains open with ASU, Cal and USC his current Top Three.

"The others schools are still certainly on my list -- I like all the other schools a lot, but those three are probably my three favorites right now," said Taylor.

TAYLOR HAS SOME strong bloodlines. He's the son of former NFL safety Keith Taylor and nephew of former NFL receiver John Taylor. A close watcher and high school coach involved with the Arizona prep scene believes he's the front runner to become the top receiver prospect in the state before it's all said and done.

As a junior at Hamilton High in 2005, Taylor had 40 receptions for 840 yards and 11 TDs. At the U.S. Army All-American Combine in San Antonio this January, Taylor impressed with good explosion, speed and excellent hands.

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