July 12, 2006

One more visit for Texas DB

When a recruit makes it onto college campus, they can generally pick up better technique for their position. They can generally add some size through a rigorous weight training program, but the simple fact is that you can't take a guy that runs a 5.0 and turn him into a 4.3 speed machine. What Woodland's defensive back Taylor Charbonnet lacks in size, he more than makes up for with his blistering speed. The Houston area product has clocked in the 4.3 range and has clocked low 4.4's on natural grass.

Though Charbonnet only weighs in at 165-pounds, he is getting plenty of attention from a handful of colleges. Currently he has offers from Texas Tech, Kansas, Air Force, Army, and UTEP. Among the trip to the Nike Combine, Charbonnet has also turned in multiple visits to see the Red Raiders. With a good feel for what Tech has to offer, he is turning his sights towards a Big 12 North team for his next visit.

"Yeah, I'm going to go up there on an unofficial visit in late July or early August. I need to talk with the coaches and find out when the best time to visit would be," Charbonnet said. "They've told me that they'd probably be out up until late July and I start practice in early August. I'm going to go up there with my dad."

The speedy cornerback prospect has in recent updates pegged Texas Tech as the team to beat, when asked if anything had changed, Charbonnet sang a familiar tune.

"They are still up there (at the top)," Charbonnet said. "My brother goes there and I love the coaches, love the facilities, and the town."

The Red Raiders are already up to speed on what the Charbonnet family can bring to the table. Texas Tech picked up transfer Daniel Charbonnet via Duke University. The elder Charbonnet lines up at safety for the Red Raiders, but is leaving his ties to the school behind him when consulting with his younger brother.

"He's just saying that I should go where I want to go. He's not influencing me to go to one place or another. I mean, he is at Tech, and that is an influence on me, but he's not telling me where to go," Taylor Charbonnet said.

With the high school season rapidly approaching, some prospects aim to get their recruiting out of the way quickly, so they can focus on their senior year. The 5-foot-9 cornerback prospect has that in mind as he inches closer to the start of the season.

"I pretty much have it narrowed down to two schools, Texas Tech and Kansas. I want to make my decision before the season," Charbonnet said. "I'm probably going to visit Kansas and then make my decision after that."


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