Commit Impact Report - DB Keith Taylor

Back on Christmas Eve, Washington got a commitment from 2017 Servite (Anaheim, Ca.) DB Keith Taylor. How does his decision impact the roster and the rest of the 2017 recruiting class? Read on to see where we see him fitting in...

What To Like: Taylor is long and he's matched up weekly against some of the top prep receivers on the West Coast. At 6'2" and 180 pounds, Taylor is a versatile player with the skills to play either corner or safety although most project him playing corner once he gets to college. Taylor is very aggressive, which can work against him at times, but more often than not, it works to his advantage. He loves to compete and he rarely lets a bad play linger in his head and effect him later on. He's very good when the ball is in the air and he reads routes well, coming off of his man to make plays on combo routes that are run in front of him.

What Needs Work: Because he's a big corner, Taylor can be hurt by double-moves, especially when you consider how aggressive he is. However, he's imrpoved on that aspect over the past year and he should continue to get better about judging when to jump a route and when to sit back and let things develop in front of him. Taylor's change of direction is good, but it can get better. He needs to be a little more explosive out of his breaks, especially in zone coverage, but he's still pretty good in that area as well.

Where He Fits: Washington is bringing in one of the best corner classes in the country this year with Kentrell Love, Byron Murphy and Isaiah Gilchrist all set to play the position once they enroll at Montlake. They are also bringing in a walk on, Myles Bryant, who had offers from several FBS programs. Returning players include Darren Gardenhire, Austin Joyner, Brandon Lewis and Jordan Miller at corner as well. Sidney Jones will also have one year of eligibility left, but most feel he could move on the NFL with a big 2016 season. The good news for the Huskies is that they have recruited very well at the position for the past couple of years and the corner position is very deep. This could allow Taylor to redshirt and then challenge for playing time starting in 2018 and, at least this early in the process, that's our projection. A lot will depend on whether the Huskies see him fitting in at corner or safety. So far, the staff has told Taylor they want him at corner, but that could change, depending on where they need his skills more. With his abilities in coverage though, our projection at this point is for him to start out at corner and for him to redshirt once he arrives.

How He Impacts The 2017 Class: Taylor is a great start for the Huskies who will sign another small class, totaling somewhere around 17 or 18 players. His abilities are elite and he'll be a cornerstone of the class. UW appears to be in the market for two corners in this class, so they are still in hot pursuit of prospects like Darnay Holmes, Deommodore Lenoir, Elijah Molden, Jaylon Redd and Michael Nesbitt.

Darreon Moore is an in-state player (Kamiakin HS in Kennewick) who is getting a look and there are several other players who the Huskies are currently evaluating.

The Bottom Line: The addition of Taylor is huge for the Huskies. It gets their class off to a great start -- one of the top cover-corners in the country, from the recruiting hotbed of Southern California. His commitment also continues the momentum that Jimmy Lake has going for him with defensive back recruits and he's quickly proving to be one of the best recruiters in the conference if not the country. Taylor is the perfect fit for what Washington wants to do in the secondary and he should be an impact player for the Dawgs after a redshirt season. He could easily wind up starting as a redshirt freshman although he'll have lots of competition, so he'll have his work cut out for him. Overall, Taylor's commitment signals a continuing trend in Southern California -- UW is a school to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail. Top Stories