Taylor excited about early options, visits

With spring ball just around the corner, Mesquite linebacker Darius Taylor is trying to get in at least one more visit before strapping the helmet back on. He has strong interest coming from Conference USA and a host of others. So, what are his plans? TexasPrepInsider has the update.

It's pretty apparent that Mesquite linebacker Darius Taylor is interested in playing ball in the state of Texas. Not only have all of his visits (and planned visits) within the state's borders, but also most of his interest is coming from Texas schools.

Despite not having an offer to date, the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Taylor likes his chances of pulling one before his senior season.

"North Texas, Rice, SMU, Houston, TCU, Baylor, and recently, Iowa State are the schools showing me some interest," Taylor said. "I have already visited UNT and me and my brother (Darnell) are going to Rice on March 29."

From the tone of his voice, it is apparent that North Texas and Rice are high on Taylor's list even though he did not officially name either of the schools as favorites. As stated, he has already made the trip to see the Mean Green program.

He was impressed and had this to report.

"I like the coaching staff and the facilities they have up there," Taylor said. "They are getting a new stadium in 2010 and I like that a lot. I hope they offer me. I look forward to that."

He has also been invited to Iowa State's junior day, but was not sure if he would be able to make it. 

Next on the list for Taylor: A trip to Houston to check out the Owls program. Taylor said that Rice has been sending him quite a bit of mail and he said the coaches seemed to be highly interested. 

And when it comes to Rice, Taylor is more than anxious to check things out.

"I look forward to seeing a couple of practices and see how things go," Taylor said. "I get a lot in the mail from Rice, but I do not know if they are going to offer. I was told they are planning to come see me at my spring practice. I want to do well enough will they will want to offer after seeing me on the field."

Taylor continued and followed up talking more about the institution.

"I would love to play for and I know that that is a good school for education," Taylor said. "I want to get a degree and I am sure that is a good place to get one."

As a junior, Taylor finished the season with 51 tackles, two sacks, and two pass break-ups.

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