Pearland defensive end Dean Taylor has committed to the Texas State Bobcats. Taylor is one of ten recruits visiting San Marcos this weekend.
Last week, two Texas State coaches came to Taylor’s house to personally deliver the scholarship offer, “The defensive coordinator, coach (Randall )McCray, and the inside linebackers coach (John)Wiley came over,” said Taylor. “I was real excited to receive this offer. I honestly wasn’t expecting it. The coaches came down to my house to say hey and they dropped that on me. I was pretty hyped.”
He has three other offers aside from Texas State; Texas Southern, Alcorn State, and Prairie View A&M. The Bobcats are his first FBS offer.
At 6’5”, 230-lbs, Taylor is a bit of a project at defensive end, specifically due the fact he’s only been playing football for a short time, “I’ve only been playing football for about a year now. I starting playing football my junior year but I was on a backup on J.V. My senior year, they moved me from offensive tackle to defensive end. That was the position designed for me, I took to it right away. In seventh grade, I tried out but I didn’t make the team. I used to live in California with my mom and I skateboarded. I used to be a skater but not anymore. Once I found football, I stopped.”
At 230-lbs, Taylor will need to bulk up in order to be more effective as a 3-4 defensive end. But, with a reported 4.73 40 time, he has potential to play outside linebacker in the Bobcats’ new 3-4 under defense. He is a project but it will be worth the wait.
One thing that Taylor was impressed with was the coaches’ up-front approach when perusing him, “What really impacted me was how straightforward and honest they were about everything. They gave it to me exactly how it was and nothing else.”
The Bobcats now have three defensive linemen committed, along with Strake Jesuit nose tackle John Lilly and McKinney Boyd defensive tackle Ramon Readus. Taylor is the first defensive end to commit.
Dean Taylor’s Hudl: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/6356620/highlights/295965391/v2