July 18, 2008

Texas trio package still a possibility

With cornerback Marcus Trice of Mesquite, Tex., garnering most of the attention from college coaches over the last two months, fellow teammate Darnell Taylor has quietly slipped beneath the radar.

Friday night, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with Taylor, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound safety, to discuss the latest in his recruitment.

"It's been going really good," Taylor said. "Wisconsin is still my only offer, but other than that it's been going good. A lot of schools have been showing some strong interest. SMU, Tulsa, North Texas, Rice and the University of Louisiana-Monroe are the other schools. Those schools are telling me that they plan on coming down this fall to check out a few of my games."

Defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks has been busy monitoring the Lone-Star state, searching for talent throughout the course of the summer.

"I call Coach (Kerry) Cooks once or twice a week," Taylor said. "We like to catch up on things and talk about the recruiting process. We also talk a lot about my team and the 7-on-7 tournaments. When he came out and watched us play, he said he likes my physicality. He likes the way I hit and tackle."

Mesquite High School recently placed second in a statewide 7-on-7 tournament. The school also plans on hitting the national scene later this month.

"We got second place at the state tournament," Taylor said. "We're flying out to Georgia for the national tournament on the 29th of July and we'll be playing on the 30th and 31st. I'm hoping we can come home with the national championship."

The last time BadgerBlitz,com spoke with Taylor, the 2009 prospect was hoping to attend the same university as his twin brother, Darius, and best friend, Trice. At that time, Wisconsin was showing little interest in Darius, but things have recently changed in favor of the trio.

"Things have changed a little bit for Darius," he explained.
"He's in touch with Wisconsin now. Darius said the coaching staff told him it depends on how the recruiting cycle plays out. If they don't get some players who currently have offers, then it's a possibility they will offer him. They plan on coming to check him out this fall to see how he looks and if they feel he can play there they will offer him.

"We all hope to play at the same college. On the other hand we also know it may not happen. It's definitely our goal to play at the same school but in the same light, we know there is a chance it may not happen."

As for a favorite, Darnell feels the Badgers sit right at the top.

"Right now my number one school has to be Wisconsin," he said. "Other than that, I don't have a list of schools in which I favor."

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