May 24, 2008

Taylor in no hurry to decide

With the recent revelation that 2008 signee Harrison Jeffers has encountered a slight bump in the road in terms of qualifying, and will not be in Lubbock until July at the earliest, the Red Raiders' recruitment of a running back in the 2009 class just took on a whole new significance.

One tailback on Tech's radar is Mansfield (TX) star Stepfan Taylor. However, Tech isn't the only program with their eye on the explosive runner.

"It's been a little crazy," said the four star prospect of his recruitment. "I just got a new offer from Missouri, so that's cool. My other offers are Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Arizona, Nebraska, Louisville, TCU, Arizona, and Stanford. There might be a few others, but those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head."

Though the Rivals 250 member has a plethora of options to choose from, he maintains that he's in no hurry at this stage in his recruitment.

"I don't have any favorites or anything like that," he said. "I don't have a top five or any leaders or anything really. I'm staying open minded. I know I want to take my visits and then decide after that, but I don't really have a set timeline other than I want to just take my time and make sure I make the right decision."

The star tailback, who ran for 1,586 yards and 21 touchdowns on just 187 carries last season, says he doesn't care what kind of offense a school runs, because he feels like he can do a little bit of everything.

"I don't really care what scheme they run as long as I can touch the ball," said Taylor, who also caught 19 passes for 231 yards and four scores. "I can run the ball, but at the same time, I like catching balls out of the backfield and being able to make an impact there."

One school that presents the opportunity to touch the ball 20+ times per game in a variety of ways is Texas Tech, a school that Taylor says is fairly new to his recruitment.

"Texas Tech actually just recently offered me kinda out of nowhere," he said. "But I really like Tech, it meant a lot to get that offer from a big in-state school. The running backs coach, Seth Littrell, was explaining to me how they use their running backs, and I like that."

With several months to go before he ends his recruitment, we have a feeling that Taylor's stock has just scratched the surface of its potential, so keep an eye on this four-star prospect in the months to come.

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