November 30, 2010

Is Taylor on the radar?

The firing of head coach Bill Lynch at Indiana has brought many recruiting questions into focus. The Hoosiers had a large recruiting class comprised of several solid prospects, including Raymon Taylor of Highland Park High School in Michigan. Are the Spartans involved?

Yesterday Mike Farrell of reported that Taylor was no longer committed to Indiana and that Michigan State was one of the teams he was hoping to hear from. caught up with Taylor last night to get some details about his current situation.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Taylor is rated a 4-star recruit by That makes him the highest rated prospect that the Hoosiers had a commitment from in their recruiting class. also rated him the #27 Athlete prospect in the nation and the #7 player in Michigan for 2011. At the time he verbally committed to Indiana, Taylor also had scholarship offers from several other quality BCS programs such as Wisconsin, Illinois and Cincinnati. Neither Michigan State nor Michigan had extended Taylor a scholarship at the time of his commitment. asked Taylor if he has heard from Michigan State and what other teams are involved.

"I have not heard anything from Michigan State," he said. "Hopefully I will hear from them soon. I have heard from a lot of other schools. Toledo and Illinois want me to come down for a visit and Iowa is supposed to stop by school tomorrow. I have a good relationship with Coach Phil Parker from there."

Taylor was an All-Metro Detroit Selection by the Detroit News after having a strong senior season for Highland Park. On defense he picked off 5 passes from his cornerback spot and on offense he had over 800-yards receiving and scored 11 touchdowns. asked Taylor about the position he is being recruited to play at the next level.

"Toledo has said they like me as a wide receiver," he stated. "Illinois has said I could play a little of both. Most of the schools though see me as a defensive back. It doesn't really matter to me though. I just want to play and help the team win."

With all the recent interest, Taylor is not in a hurry to make his college selection. He told the following:

"I plan on taking a couple of official visits and taking my time wioth this. I want to make sure that I end up at the school that is best for me."

Interestingly, Indiana sources are reporting that Taylor is telling them that that he is still committed to the Hoosiers. I have a feeling that this is simply a case of Taylor being a very soft verbal commitment. By that I mean he is still considering the Hoosiers as an option, but he will take official visits to other schools.

Michigan State is still in the market for a wide receiver/defensive back for this class and for the reason many have assumed that the Spartans will make a run at Taylor. However, the Spartans are after several other players as well. Doran Grant of Akron, Ohio has been a top priority since day one and he could project at either spot. Larry Franklin of Vero Beach, Florida is also a plan A recruit. will continue to follow this situation as it unfolds. Keep in mind, where the recruiting database has players ranked and where they stand on the Michigan State recruiting board are two entirely different things. The Spartans have yet to extend an offer to Taylor, but do have offers out to players to several other players that project at the same spot. You can be sure that before they do anything, they will want to evaluate Taylor's senior film.

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