"I just knew where I wanted to go so I just figured, why should I wait," Taylor said when asked about making such an early decision. "For me, a big reason was the school. It's a beautiful campus and they have a great coaching staff and by committing there, it gave me the chance to be a part of the number one defense in the Pac 12.
"I watched a lot of their games this year and I saw a defense that was physical and tough and they play for each other."
Taylor called the coach recruiting him, Husky defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake, to tell him the good news.
"He was really fired up about it. Coach Petersen was pretty excited too when he heard," Taylor said. "I told them I still wanted to go through the (recruiting) process, but that I am 100% Washington."
The rising corner prospect chose Washington over offers from Utah and San Jose State.
"I had those other two offers and I was also talking a lot with UCLA and Colorado," Taylor added.
As a junior this past season, Taylor had to sit out the first five games due to transfer rules, so his stats aren't eye-popping -- 22 tackles and 7 pass breakups -- unless you put them into the context of only playing half the season.
"I felt like I did a pretty good job, but I didn't feel like I got into the groove because I had to sit out," Taylor noted. "I'm looking forward to next year when I can play a full season."
As far as making it back up to Seattle, Taylor said he and his dad are working things out and he hopes to make it up in the winter or spring at some point.
Keith Taylor Scout Profile