"I knew about it for a couple of weeks," said Taylor of his decision "but I made the announcement today. It's an honor to have the chance to play for North Texas, I'm really excited." The Hillcrest QB who likely will move to slot receiver in HC Todd Dodge's spread offense, will not only be close to home but he'll have a familiar face on staff in OC Clayton George who coached Taylor at Hillcrest High in 2005.
Besides UNT, Tulsa, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and West Virginia had shown interest in the versatile athlete out of Dallas who led the Panthers to a 7-5 record and a trip to the Class 4A area playoffs throwing for 1634 yards and 19 touchdowns and chipping in 739 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns.
"North Texas was the first school to really come after me and I appreciated that so I was loyal to them. It's close to home and my family can come to see me play and I like the changes they are making. It just felt like home," said Taylor. Willie now that the big decision has been made can now focus on leading his Panthers to an even deeper playoff run in 2007.