- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
Leading up to signing day, SoonerNation will take a closer look at the Class of 2013 prospects currently committed to Oklahoma. The in-depth analysis pieces will take a look at the ranking, estimated year of impact and potential role of each future Sooner.
Vitals: Cornerback Stanvon Taylor (Tulsa, Okla./East Central) | 5-foot-11, 170 pounds
Committed: May 4, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 83
ESPN.com rankings: No. 199 in ESPN 300, No. 20 athlete, No. 28 in Midlands region, No. 2 in Oklahoma
Picked OU over: Arizona State, Arkansas, Kansas State, Houston, Indiana and others
State of the position: OU needs to secure as many talented young cornerbacks as possible. One starting spot is open and there’s plenty of opportunity to earn playing time in the Sooners secondary. The Sooners have some young cornerbacks they like but can never have too many.
Pros: “Taylor is a real candidate to play on either side of the ball, but with his length, feet and hips he shows the most upside at cornerback. He isn't always technically sound, but he makes plays on the ball and is very instinctive. He flashes nice range and is really active around the football. Taylor has BCS-caliber skill and a high ceiling for development.” - ESPN scouting report
Cons: “The problem with Taylor is that he is vastly undersized in terms of bulk. He is pesky, but can get outmuscled. He shows flashes of playing physical and inserting to set the perimeter in run support, but his body can't always cash the checks his demeanor writes.” - ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Aaron Colvin. The Sooners surely hope Taylor develops into a versatile coverage cornerback like Colvin. He’s similar to the Sooners standout senior in terms of his long, lean frame combined with a willingness to be physical and overall competitiveness.
Expected impact: 2013. Make no mistake, Taylor is undersized and could use a year in the weight room. However, his competitiveness, ball skills and versatility will make it hard to keep him on the sidelines this fall. Look for him to earn a special-teams role and provide depth in the secondary as a true freshman.