Taylor is a physical specimen

We saw a number of outstanding athletes at the JCFootball.com combine this past weekend, but one of the most physically imposing was El Camino WR/ATH Monte' Taylor (6-5, 250). He played at L.A. Southwest last year, but he hopes hopes he's found a home at El Camino and he's already shown how much of a weapon he can be during their spring practices.

When you see Taylor, he looks like a defensive end or a tight end with his impressive size and physical tools and it's hard to believe he's played corner and safety and that he's getting ready to play receiver this fall.

One combine participant even said jokingly -- "I didn't think they let guys wear shoulder pads during combines" -- referring to Taylor's impressive shoulders.

Taylor spent his high school years at Washington Prep in Los Angeles and he enjoyed an outstanding career for the Generals, but grades put a hold on his football future.

"My overall GPA was good, but my core GPA wasn't where it needed to be," Taylor said. "I headed to Southwest last year and I played there.

"I played corner for them the first few games. I'll play whatever it takes to win. Last year against Pasadena I had two picks and nine tackles at corner playing over the slot."

As a freshman, Taylor finished with 48 tackles, four interceptions and five passes defensed on defense and he had 10 receptions for 140 yards on offense.

He said once he saw El Camino's practices, he knew he wanted to be a Warrior.

"I came over here and checked out things and how intense they are over at El Camino and I wanted to be a part of it," Taylor said. "They coaches are always working on their guys and showing them things. You can't beat that and that's like already being a D-1 school with all the instruction you're getting."

While his size might seem to be a factor in where he ends up, he said he plans to trim down before the start of the season.

"I actually was trying to bulk up and add weight so that's why I'm 250 now," Taylor said. "By the start of the season I'll be at 230 and that will help me in running my routes and things like that.

"I'm physical and I've got pretty good speed. I ran a 4.43 here (at the combine) and I like blocking down field. I like pushing guys around in my routes. I mean, it's not all about the big catch, it's about winning and helping however I can whether it's blocking, catching or whatever it may be."

Besides his impressive speed, Taylor also posted 22 reps at 185 pounds on the bench and he managed a 31-inch vertical despite a minor achilles injury that held him out of the one-on-one drills.

On the recruiting front, schools from across the country have flocked to El Camino this summer to get a look at all of their returning players and Taylor has immediately caught the eye several programs.

"I talked to Oregon this past week," Taylor said. "Texas A&M, Boise State, Tennessee and a lot of schools like that have been talking to me quite a bit.

"Right now though, it's all about my education and I want to go to a program that fits me as a player and that has a good business program so I'm very focused on my education right now."

Taylor has his academics in order and he plans to sign in December with his school of choice and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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