Taylor Made

TE/LB Jesse Taylor stands 6-4 and weighs 240 pounds, and the Chaminade Prepster from Woodland Hills, California just took a bit of a family vacation, although this trip wouldn't resemble the one the famous Griswolds took in the National Lampoon's "Vacation" movies.

This vacation involved a little bit of work, as Jesse's sister Kim is getting ready to start her first year at the University of Washington. But for the youngest Taylor, it was about research, research that will help Jesse make his future college choice within the next 6 months.

"We went to Oregon State, Oregon, Washington State, and Washington, in that order," Jesse told Dawgman.com. The trip was a quick one for Taylor, as he tried to absorb as much as he could from each of the four Northwest Pac-10 schools.

"(Oregon, OSU, and WSU) were all small college towns," he said. "Eugene was a little bit bigger than the others, but for the most part they were smaller schools, smaller places, all very beautiful campuses, great facilities. They all treated me very, very, very well. I like all of them a lot and felt very comfortable at all of them. The Head Coaches were all great."

He spent most of this trip in Seattle, helping his sister move in an also getting a taste of Seattle. Jesse's sister, Kim, is on a soccer scholarship for the Huskies. "We spent two and a half days there," said Jesse. "The first day we picked up my sister at the airport in Seattle and drove around the campus a bit. It reminded me of UCLA a little bit, but in a different atmosphere. We drove around and saw the athletic facilities, not like a real tour or anything like that, then went out to dinner that night. The next day we got a full tour of the campus and the athletic facilities by someone in the football office and that was a lot of fun. I learned a lot of cool stuff about the University of Washington."

Included in his facilities tour was a quick peek inside the new Dempsey Indoor Practice Facility. Taylor was suitably impressed. "Yeah, we got to walk in and look at it. That was awesome. It's gigantic. I think it's nice. It was pretty much finished on the inside."

It was also Jesse's introduction to Field Turf. For Taylor, he couldn't tell the difference. "It's interesting. It feels just like grass to me. It's cool that they have it inside as well as on their outside practice fields."

Taylor met the UW coaches on his unofficial visit. "I talked to most of them," he said. "Coach Tony Alford is my recruiting coach and he's a nice guy. I've heard that he's a great coach and it sounded like he was very excited that I was up there. He said he can't wait to see some of my game tape at the beginning of the season," said Taylor.

"I also talked to Coach Neuheisel a lot. He's a real fun guy, real nice. He jokes around a lot. I got to hear him talk to the guys about the rules and some of the team traditions of the Huskies. That was very interesting to hear. I got to walk down from the tunnel and walk out into the stadium. That stadium, looking down from the field is just gigantic. I can't wait to go to a game there," said Taylor.

Speaking of the freshman, Jesse admitted there were a couple that really caught his eye. "I can't think of his name, but he's number 1 from Lakes (Reggie Williams). The receiver. Wow. That guy is a good athlete. And I couldn't stop looking at (Jeremy) Adams, the big guy. He's a house. He moved pretty well for a 400-pounder. And I watched Joe Toledo a lot."

Taylor will be in attendance for the Husky home opener against Michigan, as his entire family will be up to visit with his sister. "Our whole family is going. I'm excited. It's going to be a great game, but I just want to feel the intensity inside Husky Stadium. It's going to be fun."

On the recruiting front, Jesse has current offers from Utah, Washington State, and Washington has told him that they will watch him closely this fall. "Right now I'm going to go on all five of my official trips," he said when asked about the possibility of an early verbal commit. "The Michigan-Washington game won't be my official trip. I'll take my trips after the season is over."

Taylor has a list but won't lay claim to any favorites just yet. "No favorites right now," he said. "I'm sticking with my top-6. "Oregon State, Oregon, Washington State, Washington, UCLA and Colorado, in no particular order."

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