Taylor has three visits set

One of the more versatile defensive backs in the country this year was Diablo Valley DB T.J. Taylor (5-11, 190). He had a solid freshman season and broke out this past year, his second with the Vikings, and a couple D-1 schools have taken notice. He's scheduled three visits and could schedule a couple more in the very near future.

"We had a really good year this year," Taylor told JCFootball.com recently. "We won our second bowl game in a row and I had a really good season individually as well."

As a freshman in 2005, Taylor hauled in two interceptions and in 2006 he bested that by three, posting five interceptions, 25 tackles, two sacks and eight passes broken up.

"I think I can play as a physical corner or a finesse corner," Taylor said. "I like to play man-to-man. What corner doesn't like to play that style? But I also know that teams play a lot of zone nowdays so I can do that too.

"Teams can't beat me deep. I have pretty good speed (4.5), but I can read routes pretty well and recognize when teams are going to a spot. When the ball is in the air, I usually come down with it."

Taylor was a non-qualifier out of high school and headed to Diablo Valley shortly after graduation and he says his grades are in order to finish up in May.

"I'm all set to graduate in May," Taylor said. "Whoever I sign with will be happy because I'll work as hard as I can. Either on the football field or in the classroom -- I'll do what I have to do to help my team and in the long run that will help me too."

On the recruiting front, Taylor doesn't have any offers yet, but that could change very quickly.

"I have a visit to UNLV scheduled next weekend (Jan. 19th) and then Western Illinois on the 26th and Illinois State the next weekend," Taylor said. "BYU has been talking to me about setting up a visit and some other schools have expressed some interest as well.

"I might take some visits during the week. I'm not really sure right now, but I'm hoping to be able to get an offer soon."

Taylor will have three to play two starting in the fall of 2007 and said he plans to major in Physical Education and would like to get into coaching.

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