January 22, 2012

Taylor Excited to be a Coog

As the recruiting season continues to wind down the Houston Cougars have been full steam ahead trying to finish with a strong showing. The Cougars hosted a handful of official visitors this weekend which immediately turned to results.

Cedar Hill (TX) inside linebacker Steven Taylor was one of the visitors the Cougars hosted this weekend and was impressed right away, giving Houston his verbal pledge early during his visit.

"I committed on Saturday," Taylor told CougarsDen Sunday evening. "I had a great visit, it was a lot of fun. I really liked the city of Houston and was also impressed with the campus and it's not too far from home, it's about three and a half hours away. I'm really looking forward to my future at Houston."

The Cougars beat out UTEP, Central Arkansas and Arkansas State for Taylor's services which could net them a key contributor in the future at linebacker.

"They've been recruiting me since my second game of the season," the Rivals two-star linebacker said. "Coach (Jamie) Bryant and coach (Zac) Spavital have been talking to me the most. They told me they were switching to a 4-3 defense and they'd like to have me outside. They said they were going to move the freshman from last year (Derrick Matthews) inside and I would compete at outside linebacker."

Taylor gives the Cougars 21 commits on the year and is just the third verbal pledge at linebacker.

Taylor has experience in multiple defenses including the 4-3, so he feels his skills would fit perfectly with what the Cougars are looking to do.

"I played the mike position in a 4-3 defense my junior year," the talented defender said. "Last year we ran a 4-2-5 but I feel pretty confident running a 4-3 and feel I can translate well to that. I had over 100 tackles last season, three sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries."

With his football season over and no other sports left to play, Taylor is focused on the rest of his senior year of high school and looking forward to his future with the Houston Cougars.

"I'm just looking forward to Houston now," the 6-foot-1, 205-pound inside linebacker said. "I'm going to start working out and get ready. I'm going to enroll as soon as summer comes."

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