Patrick Taylor Jr. made a big impact for Humble Atascocita as a junior last season, rolling up 800 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
The decision Taylor makes in the next few months will determine if he will continue to carry the ball on the college level as a running back or spend his time chasing them.
UNT is among more than a half dozen teams recruiting Taylor, but is the lone program that is recruiting him as a linebacker. Colorado has offered Taylor as an athlete, while Colorado State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Nevada, Texas State, UTSA and Nicholls State have all offered him as a running back.
UNT extended its scholarship offer to Taylor after he attended the Mean Green’s summer satellite camp in Katy.
The number of opportunities that have come Taylor’s way have prompted him to consider what is important to him in terms of his college future. The position he will play is just one part of the equation.
“Academics, how I fit into the scheme, playing time, the coaches and the team are important because they will be my family while I am away from home,” Taylor said. “I want to consider what I want to do and see what the best fit is for me.”
Taylor, who is 6-2, 210, has the size and athleticism that will allow him to help a team at a variety of spots on the field. He was a first-team All-District 16-6A selection as a running back last season. Here are his Hudl highlights.
UNT defensive line coach Kevin Patrick, one of the Mean Green’s most productive assistants in terms of recruiting, is heading up their efforts with Taylor and has already started selling him on the idea of playing linebacker in college.
“The coaches compare me to a guy they had who played running in high school, moved linebacker in college and went on to play in the NFL,” said Taylor, who couldn’t recall the name of the player. “I am open to doing that in college if it gets me on the field.”
Taylor has official visits lined up to Colorado and ULL in July with a trip to Nevada to follow in October. Taylor hasn’t visited UNT yet and doesn’t have a trip scheduled, but is trying to set one up for this fall.
Taylor will make a decision once he has a handle on where he would best fit in.
“I want to go where I am wanted and where I want to be,” Taylor said. “I plan on making a decision in October.”