Versatile Taylor DB Waiting On Offers

Hinds Community College (Raymond, Miss.) FS Todd Taylor (6-2, 185) is a playmaking "center fielder" who likes to be as physical as he can be on the field without drawing a penalty. He's hearing from schools across the country, but he knows where he wants to be come spring 2007.

"I want to stay in the SEC if I can," Taylor told referring to the geographical location of the four-year school he will eventually commit to.  "I like the south.  I'm used to it and I want to be around my friends and family so they can see me."

Taylor has received interest from several SEC schools, including the one who offered him coming out of Northwest Rankin High School as a senior in 2005.

"Mississippi State was the only one that offered me back then," Taylor said.  "I didn't take my SAT until after signing day so they pulled my offer because they needed to get someone in there to play safety right away. 

"They've been talking to my coaches a lot and said they like my film and my abilities.  Ole Miss is another one that I like that has been sending mail.  Some of the other ones I'm hearing from are Oregon, Louisiana Tech, BYU, Texas A&M and Tennessee."

Versatility is also the name of the game for Taylor as he can use his 4.4 speed to play corner or his toughness and hitting ability as a free safety.

"I played corner in high school, but I like playing safety more," Taylor said.  "If I had the choice between a big hit and a pick, I would have to say ‘Big hit' because there's nothing like sticking someone.

"My friends and teammates call me ‘Hit Stick' like on NCAA 2006 because they make fun of me that I would rather hit someone.  I just like being physical and making someone pay if they're going to try and catch the ball in front of me."

Taylor started every game as a first-year player last year for Hinds and will graduate this December with his AA degree in hand.  He will have three to play two and plans to major in Physical Therapy or Nursing.


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