O'Dea's Taylor is a top prospect for 2013

O'Dea (Seattle) ATH Tatum Taylor is only in his junior season, but with his speed and elusiveness on display every week, he's already starting to hear from school across the country. Dawgman.com caught up with the talented football player and he gave us a quick overview of the recruiting process at this early stage and which programs have been showing him the most interest...

"Things have been going really well for me individually and my team," Taylor told Dawgman.com recently. "We're undefeated and we survived our game against Eastside Catholic (Friday).

"We're playing well, but we need to clean things up and keep getting better because it's only going to get harder in the next few weeks and when the playoffs start."

Early on this season, Taylor was averaging less than 10 carries per game, but he's still managed to post over 800 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns and he said his workload is increasing.

"Things have picked up for me in our offense as the season has gone along," Taylor noted. "I am probably getting about 15 carries a game now and it's allowed me to get into a rhythm a little bit more and that's helped me a lot."

In addition to being a standout on the football field, Taylor is also stellar on the track where he has been timed at a 10.6 in the 100 and a 21.8 in the 200 and it's because of that speed that he's already getting a lot of attention from colleges.

"I'm getting recruited for track and for football," Taylor said. "I consider myself a football player who can run track. I love playing the football and it's what I've done for a long time.

"I'm a little smaller than I need to be to play running back, so a lot of schools have been looking at me as an athlete or a slot receiver or at corner."

Taylor said this year he measured in at just over 5'10" and weighed in at 162 pounds.

"I need to get stronger and put on some more size," Taylor said. "I've always been fast, that's something I always could do well, run, so now I just need to get stronger and that's something I've been working on.

"I used to run outside more, just because of my speed, but this year I'm making a lot more of my yards between the tackles and I feel I've really improved in that aspect."

With his dual-sport skills, Taylor is getting a lot of attention from Pac 12 schools as well as schools outside of the west.

"For football, Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Notre Dame and Cal are all sending me stuff and recruiting me," Taylor said. "For track it's mostly been Alabama, Oregon, Navy and Washington State.

"I plan to do both wherever I end up and that will be a consideration for me."

He also noted that he'd like to go through the entire recruiting process, but that if the right situation comes along, he won't hesitate to decide.

"I've seen the way other guys have done it and it just depends on the different situations," Taylor said. "I'd like to go through the process, but if I felt like I was ready to make my decision and that I had all the information I needed, then I would make a commitment.

"I don't have any offers yet though, so right now it's not something I can even think about."

With Washington so close, Taylor said he's wanted to get to a couple of games, but for one reason or another, he hasn't been able to go.

"I had planned to make a couple of games, but things just didn't work out with my schedule," Taylor said. "I'm going to try and get up there for a game this year. It's been a good season so far for them and I'd really like to be there for a game just to get a sense of the atmosphere and to see the team in person."

We'll continue to check in with Taylor in the coming months and update news as it happens.

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