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Stanvon Taylor turns heads at receiver

8/1/2012

Nobody is questioning Stanvon Taylor's inclusion in the ESPN 300 anymore. After impressive showings at the Rivals 100 Challenge in Atlanta in June and the Gridiron Kings event in Florida last weekend, Taylor has shown he belongs among the elite.

And he’s starting to carry himself that way. Taylor, from Tulsa (Okla.) East Central, committed to Oklahoma in May. Within the state, he has been regarded as one of the most explosive talents around. But outside of Oklahoma, nobody knew much about him. His confidence couldn’t be higher entering senior season.

“I was a lot more comfortable last weekend,” Taylor said. “At the Rivals Challenge, that was the first time I had been in something like that. I knew what to expect this time around.”

Taylor turned heads in June with his performance at wide receiver. It was déjà vu last weekend as Taylor again performed well at the position.

His ability could lead to one of the best problems you can have. Is Taylor better suited at receiver, or is he a cornerback? The four-star athlete was recruited by OU as a defensive back.

“I haven’t talked to the coaches about playing offense. I’m comfortable at both spots,” Taylor said. “I thought I did a lot better job of running routes this time. When I’m at wide receiver, I go out there and have fun and love to have the ball in my hands.

“When I told everybody I’m supposed to play defense, they all said I should be playing offense. We’ll see what happens.”

Now Taylor can focus on his senior season, something he has thought about since last September. One of the reasons he wasn’t a nationally-known prospect was because he broke his ankle in the third quarter of the first game of his junior season.

Taylor was the only OU commit at Gridiron Kings, something he took pride in.

“It meant a lot to me, and I wanted to represent very well. I thought I did that,” Taylor said. “All I can do is tell other kids why I love Oklahoma and why Oklahoma is great. If they want to follow and join me, that would be great.”