November 28, 2010

Top IU pledge will check out options

One of the two four-star prospects committed to Indiana from the Class of 2011 was disappointed to learn of Bill Lynch's firing on Sunday, just one day after the Hoosiers defeated in-state rival Purdue to get a Big Ten win under their belts.

While beating the Boilermakers is always a big deal, it wasn't enough to save Lynch's job. The Hoosiers finished 5-7 this year and the administration decided to move in a different direction, opting not to retain Lynch for next season.

Four-star athlete Raymon Taylor learned of the news today and was disappointed when he found out.

"I got a phone call this morning and I was told that coach Lynch got fired," Taylor told Rivals.com on Sunday.

"I was supposed to go down there on an official visit on Friday but I guess now everything has changed."

Taylor said he remains committed to the Hoosiers but also admitted that he will have to explore some of his other options.

"I'm going to see what's going on (with Indiana) but I'm going to keep my options open, too. I'm very disappointed with what happened but I haven't even visited yet.

"The coaching staff was a big reason I committed. They made me feel like I was at home and that was one of my main reasons for going there. Plus I felt like I could play early there."

Taylor, who has been recruited as a cornerback, said he hopes IU decides to retain at least some of the defensive coaches that he has built relationships with.

"It would be better to keep at least some of the coaches. I wish they would keep all of them but it would be hard for me if they didn't keep any of them," he said.

Taylor said he will be keeping an eye on Illinois, Wisconsin and Toledo, three schools that had offered him earlier in the process prior to his decision, and will give consideration to each of those programs.

"I'm also hoping Iowa and Michigan State give me an offer because I'd like to go there, too."

The Detroit (Mich.) Highland Park athlete rushed for 936 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. On defense he picked off five passes.

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