June 25, 2010

Saulsberry, Taylor practicing patience

Trevarris Saulsberry has spent his playing career as a defensive end.

His body, however, clearly has other intentions for Saulsberry's football future.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pounder from Gainesville, Fla., is destined to move inside to defensive tackle at the college level, and Saulsberry's lack of film on the interior has forced him to be patient if he's going to fulfill his dream of playing in the Southeastern Conference.

Saulsberry picked up an offer from Michigan State earlier this week. The Spartans joined South Florida, Iowa State, Florida International, Marshall, Central Florida, Troy and Syracuse as schools which have issued written offers. Oregon has offered Saulsberry verbally and indicated a written offer is forthcoming. Still, Saulsberry is taking his time, not naming a leader and hoping an SEC program will eventually offer.

"It would mean a lot," Saulsberry said. "It would change my persepctive on a lot of things. It would make things a lot harder. That's really what I'm waiting on right now."

Saulsberry camped at Ole Miss earlier this month. He's also visited fellow SEC members Georgia and Florida and will visit Tennessee on July 19. Of those, Saulsberry said, Ole Miss appears closest to extending an offer. An overture from the Rebels, Saulsberry said, would be most welcome.

"I like Ole Miss a lot," Saulsberry said. "(Ole Miss recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks) Coach (Chris) Vaughn and the D-line coach (Terry Price) enjoyed me there. Coach Vaughn told me I left on a good note with the D-line coach and I'm hoping they offer. He told they were looking at my film and they were trying to decide what to do."

Saulsberry said he's spent most of his career operating as a defensive end in a 3-4 scheme. Ole Miss, for example, operates out of a 4-3 scheme, one that Saulsberry felt comfortable in during his camping experience in Oxford.

"Actually, I think I've done pretty good," Saulsberry said. "I'm a lot quicker than most defensive tackles. I can beat offensive guards because of my quickness. Most schools say they're trying to get to 285 or 290 (pounds). I'd be a lean 285."

Saulsberry, who has a 2.9 core grade-point average and an 18 on the ACT, said he plans to wait until mid-season to commit, "not necessarily to get it over with but to not have as much stress."

TAYLOR LOOKING TO IMPRESS DURING SEASON: Jamaal Taylor had hoped he would wow Ole Miss at the Rebels' elite camp earlier this month in Oxford. He's the first to admit that while he did some good things, he didn't do everything he wanted to do.

Taylor, a 6-1, 189-pounder, ran a 4.65-second 0-yard dash and recorded a 9-foot, 9-inch broad jump.

"It went good," Taylor said. "It went all right. They said they were going to keep evaluating me and wait until the end of the season. They said they might offer me at the end of the season. I know I could have performed better. I know I didn't perform to the best of my ability, but I did all right."

Taylor has an offer from Southern Mississippi. Another school, Hampton University, is showing serious interest.

"They said they might offer before the summer is over," said Taylor, who visited the Virginia-based school earlier this summer. "It's a nice school. They showed us around the campus and it's a nice education."

Taylor, who said he's in no hurry to make a college decision, said he believes he just has to have a strong senior campaign for the interest to pick up.

"I've just got to show leadership," Taylor said. "The skills are there. I know I can play at the D-1 level. I just have to show leadership and keep my team humble and be a leader like my coach wants me to be."

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