LB Jesse Taylor Update

Chaminade Tight End/Middle Linebacker <b>Jesse Taylor</b> thought he was all set to play tight end at the next level. He spent all of his off-season time speed training and working on tight end techniques. It's paid off, but there's a twist to all of this.

"I started out the year strong as a TE and have 15 receptions now," said Taylor.

"I'd like them to throw to me more but I take what I can get."

The twist we referred to is that there are some schools that have become quite enamored with the way Taylor patrols the field from his middle linebacker position. At 6-3 240, Taylor can pack a wallop and is showing great improvement with each game.

"This is my first year as linebacker and each week I've been getting better at my reads, not hesitating, and hitting harder."

Those improvements and hard work are paying off. The school up in Seattle, Washington is enjoying what he's showing on defense.

"Washington is pretty much recruiting me as a middle linebacker. At first it was a little weird because I had only been recruited as a TE and that's what I've been working toward. But I really love defense and if schools are noticing that, it's good. Especially a program like Washington," said Taylor.

Taylor was in attendance on an unofficial visit to Seattle when the Huskies entertained Michigan. He recently took his official visit to Washington State. "I had a great time up there, the coaches are really great there. They are winning this year, blowing everyone away after being picked last in the Pac-10," said Taylor.

Jesse has official visits scheduled to ASU in November and to Colorado on December 8th. He would like to schedule two more before getting down to the business of picking a leader.

"I am going to wait on a couple of other schools before making a decision. I really want to take four or five trips. I'm not sure when I make my decision, but I'm hoping to by the end of the year."

Washington visited Taylor at Chaminade Prep last weekend as Tony Alford stopped by. "They are evaluating me, still looking at tapes, and their defensive coaches are going over it. "I am trying to get an official visit set up there," said Taylor.

Oregon State and possibly Fresno State will get Jesse's fourth and fifth visits if all goes as planned.

WSU and Oregon State have offered full rides. He's hoping for another northwest school to offer.

"Washington has not offered yet. They are still evaluating me as a linebacker. I would take an official visit as soon as I can, if they do offer," said Taylor.

"My sister is there and loves it. She and I are a lot a like and she really has a lot of good things to say about Seattle."

When asked for a favorite at this time, Taylor's answer was very polite and to the point. "It's very fair of you to ask that, but I don't have an answer for you," he said with a laugh.

"Once I get my other visits set up I'll give you guys a call."

Taylor was recognized recently when he was invited to play in the prestigious California-Florida Bowl on Jan 4th of next year. Top Stories