Dawgman.com In-State 2016 Top 25: #4

Coming in at number four on our list of the top 2016 prospects from the state of Washington is also one of it's hardest hitters -- Sehome (Bellingham) DB Taylor Rapp...

Attributes: The one thing you notice when you watch Rapp play football is his natural football instincts. He runs really well, he has a nose for the ball and he’s a violent hitter when he arrives at the ball-carrier. Rapp also possesses better than average speed, so he can play strong or free safety depending on the needs of the secondary.

Things To Work On: While his speed is good enough, Rapp could definitely afford to add some more to his overall game. Rapp is physical when he comes up to make the hit on a receiver or running back, but in the three games I’ve seen him play, he wasn’t that physical when taking on blockers. That will likely come with time, but it’s definitely something that could set him apart from the rest if he were to get more physical in that department.

Position Projection: The conventional thought heading into the spring was that Rapp was likely targeted for outside linebacker once he gets to college. While that’s always a possibility, I just didn’t see a player that had the physicality you’d want to see in a linebacker. What Rapp does possess is outstanding athleticism, above-average speed and elite instincts that would make him in ideal strong safety after a year of seasoning.

Recruiting Buzz: Things ended early for Rapp when he committed to Washington back in March after meeting with the coaches. Before he committed, Rapp had offers from the likes of Arizona State, Boise State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford and Washington State as well as FCS programs. Rapp is rock-solid to the Dawgs and has been recruiting other prospects at various camps and showcases during the spring and summer.

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