Why UW? “I just had a great relationship with coach (Jimmy) Lake and coach (Chris) Petersen and I really like the program they are building there. Washington is also close enough for my family to come watch, but I'm still far enough away from home to sorta get out on my own. I'm excited about what is going on down there.”
Other Suitors: In addition to the Huskies, Rapp also had offers from schools like Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oregon, Arizona State, Northwestern, Stanford and Washington State.
Scouting Report: “Taylor has the ability to make plays all over the field. We relied on him to be a real playmaker on both sides of the ball. Whatever we asked him to do, he did it and he was a key leader for us.” – Bob Norvell (Sehome Head Coach)
Quotable: “I like to hit. That's probably what I do best, but I can cover and make plays on the ball when it's in the air. I just love to play the game and I'm excited to get started early because that will give me a chance to get in there and learn the defense and then I can just go more on instincts and just fly around and make plays.”
Accolades: As a senior, earned USA Today all-state (all levels) first-team, Associated Press 2A all-state first-team, All-Whatcom County first-team, and All-NWC first-team honors ... played on the USA National Teams at the youth level ... credited with 117 tackles, seven tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and three interceptions in 2015 ... invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl following his senior season ... as a junior in 2014, earned first-team AP all-state and first-team All-NWC as a safety and second-team all-league as a receiver ... as a junior, scored offensive TDs as a runner, receiver and passer and finished the season with 682 rushing yards and 349 receiving yards ... first-team All-NWC safety as a sophomore in 2013 ... rated as the No. 1 safety prospect in the state of Washington by scout.com ... played for coach Bob Norvell at Sehome.
Projection: “The thing that sticks out about Rapp is, especially when you watch his film, is the violence he brings to the game. He's a heat-seaking missle. My only concerns with him are his ability to shed blocks as he tended to run around them in high school due to his superior athleticism, and his ability to stay healthy. Most guys who play the game with the same type of abandon, they tend to get dinged up quite a bit. As long as he can stay healthy, Rapp should wind up being a big-time enforcer for the Huskies in the secondary, but the hope here is that he can redshirt, put on more muscle and then come in as a special teams and depth guy as a freshman in 2017 and then push for a starting spot by his third year in the program.” – Scott Eklund (Dawgman.com)