Taylor looking to call the Northwest his new home

<b>Jesse Taylor</b> may live in Woodland Hills, California, but lately he's been calling the Northwest his second home. Jesse and his family made a little vacation out of visiting the four Northwest Pac-10 schools this summer, and Taylor was back in Seattle again a couple of weeks ago to watch the Washington Huskies take on Michigan. It was an experience Jesse won't forget any time soon.

"Well, I had to wake up at about 5 O'Clock in the morning to catch a flight to Seattle because I had a game the day before," Taylor told Dawgman.com about his game-day trevails. "So we got up really early and flew up and caught a taxi to the game and just got there before it started. And we thought that since it was Seattle it would be nice and cool, but it was a really, really hot day. I was tired, but it was an awesome game, it kept me awake and alive and pumped up. It was really exciting to see everything happen."

His family was suitably impressed by the fandom and the decibel levels inside Husky Stadium. "I've been to a lot of different stadiums before for college football and other games, but I've never experienced something that loud before," Jesse said. "I mean, I couldn't even hear myself think. It was unbelievable just how loud that stadium was. I guess Washington fans are just used to it, but it was amazing. My whole family, my Mom and Dad and sister (Kim, current UW soccer player) were just amazed. We go to the Rose Bowl a lot. I was just up there for a game, and it's nowhere even close to how loud it is in Husky Stadium."

Taylor was also happy to get a chance to speak to the Husky coaches. "I talked to Coach Neuheisel and Coach Tony Alford, who is the recruiting coordinator for my area. They were really excited to have me up there, and that I was willing and able to come up on my own time to see what Washington football is all about. They said they really want to see my films from this year."

Any recruits he was able to talk to? "I recognized a couple of names of the two tight ends from the Seattle area, like Cody Boyd," Taylor said. "And I recognized the name Isaiah Stanback, but I didn't get a chance to talk to him."

How about a season update from the 6'4", 240-pounder? "I'm doing really well. I'm playing both ways, linebacker and tight end, but our team has had a bit of trouble. We're 1-2 right now, but we're looking to change all that and improve."

Jesse is working towards shortening his list of schools he wants to visit once his season is complete. "I haven't set up any official dates, but I'm getting my official trips set up right now. I have about 7 schools I'm looking at and I need to narrow that down to 5 soon." And the schools? "Washington, Washington State, Colorado and Oregon State. Those ones are for sure. The next ones I might take are Oregon, Arizona State and possibly one more, but those are up in the air right now."

Taylor currently has offers from Oregon State, Washington State and Utah.

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