There are plenty of people waiting for Anaheim (Calif.) Servite cornerback Keith Taylor to get into his first game for the Friars, not the least of whom is Taylor, himself.
Taylor transferred to Servite from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco knowing that he would have to sit out the first half of the 2015-16 season, but he wanted to make a change.
"Yeah, I had it in mind. I thought about it. It was a very tough decision, but it'll pay off, though. I know it will," says Taylor. "I feel comfortable there. I feel like it was the right move to go to Servite."
Because of the lack of varsity film on the four-star prospect, many colleges are waiting until they can see him in real action before offering. So far, only San Jose State has jumped out and offered him, but several Pac-12 schools are close, including Washington, where Taylor will visit next month.
"I went to their camp back in June, and the coaches really liked me, and coach [Jimmy] Lake Lake, the DB coach from there, he said he's very anxious to watch me play," says Taylor.
Most colleges are waiting, patiently, to see Taylor play, including the school he visited this past weekend -- California.
"Yeah, same deal. That's most colleges. They just want to see film," says Taylor.
The Bears have only just begun to recruit Taylor, and he met the coaching staff for the first time last weekend, when he visited Berkeley for the San Diego State game, along with teammates Tyler Lytle and Terrell Bynum.
It was just a feeling-out meeting, but sources say that Cal is very excited to see him play, starting two weeks from Friday.
"I got to meet the DB coach, coach [Greg] Burns, before the game," Taylor says. "He and I talked about the defense, and their plan for the day, and I think the team's pretty good this year."
Seeing Cal's defensive effort -- 13 straight stops following an opening-drive touchdown by the Aztecs -- was impressive to Taylor.
"On defense, I think they played pretty well the whole game," he says. "The fan base, how the atmosphere of Cal-Berkeley, in that city. It was pretty well-rounded around there. I kinda like it."
What he paid the most attention to was the coaching staff, particularly after the opening drive resulted in a San Diego State touchdown.
"I'm looking for how they coach, how the coaches coach, and how the players respond to adversity," Taylor says. "They were pretty good coaches. It didn't seem like they panicked at all. They just went out there and did their thing, and as you saw, they scored 35 points, so it was pretty good."
Taylor has already visited USC and UCLA, and has a special affection for the Bruins.
"I feel like UCLA has the best fan base that I've seen, when I witnessed the atmosphere at the Rose Bowl," he says.
Though he's had some time off to think about recruiting, Taylor has focused his energies on preparing for his debut for Servite.
"I'm just kind of focused on my first game, working on my technique, perfecting the little things before I get back out there," says Taylor.