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ESPN 150 inclusion has Taylor 'shocked'

4/19/2012

Since only five Louisiana prospects made the cut for the initial ESPN 150, it was a given they'd be familiar names.

The home state's lineup of Kendell Beckwith, Tim Williams, Standish Dobard and DeSean Smith have long been considered some of Louisiana's top talent, and all four have been on LSU's radar for some time. One name that wasn't as familiar to most was Christopher Taylor (Zachary, La./Zachary), an offensive guard and the state's final 150 prospect.

Taylor, who tips the scales at 6-foot-2 and 315 pounds, is a bit of a unique find for the ESPN 150. He's talented enough to rank No. 6 in the country among offensive guards, but while most of his list mates are decorated with dozens of prestigious offers, Taylor has yet to receive an offer from a BCS program.

Given the level of attention for him to this point, Taylor said it was a jolt to hear his name on the list.

"My coach had told me before it came out that he had gotten a preview link," he said. "I said 'Coach, what are you talking about?' And he said it was for the best 150 players in the nation. I was speechless, because these SEC schools are looking at me, but they haven't offered me yet. I haven't had any offers in that range, so I was kind of shocked."

Taylor holds scholarships from Louisiana Tech and McNeese State and said he hopes to receive a third from Tulane. While his inclusion in the ESPN 150 hasn't lead to increased attention -- so far -- Taylor said he has been in contact with Alabama and LSU. He said LSU offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa has asked him to come to campus for a summer camp so they can evaluate him, and he plans to do just that.

"Me and Coach Stud know each other from previous camps, and he wants me to just come out and work at a camp and see what I'm all about," Taylor said.

One of the traits that factors into Taylor's grade on the ESPN 150 is his aggressiveness, and he said that might have been what pushed him into some esteemed company. At 315 pounds as a junior, it's not hard to imagine him imposing his will along the offensive line.

"When they looked at my film, I think they just must have seen how dominant I was. I've got that dominant mentality, I guess," he said.

Taylor has plenty of opportunity to grab more attention in his senior season. His Zachary Broncos had an early playoff exit in 2011, but the big guard said he has loftier plans as a senior -- both for himself and his team.

"The goal this year is to win a state championship, and for me to get all-state," he said. "Last year I was all-state honorable mention, and I felt like that was kind of a slap in the face ... but this year I'm going to get that all-state."

With his name on the ESPN 150, it stands to be reason there will be a bit more attention for him this time around.