Friday, November 16, 2012
Recruiting Faceoff: Taylor's position?
By Bob Przybylo and Brandon Chatmon
Each Week SoonerNation recruiting writers Bob Przybylo and Brandon Chatmon will faceoff on one issue regarding Oklahoma recruiting.
This week’s question: Which position should Stanvon Taylor play at Oklahoma?
ESPN 300 athlete Stanvon Taylor plays both cornerback and receiver for his high school team.
Bob Przybylo: If OU can fill out its spots in the secondary for the remainder of the 2013 class, then give Taylor a chance on offense.
You know Taylor is an explosive talent so why not put the ball in his hands as many times as possible in hopes of making the big play? Throughout summer all-star events, the ESPN 300 athlete was playing wide receiver.
Those who had never seen him before wondered if he was a natural receiver. When Taylor would tell them he is being recruited as a cornerback, they were a little miffed.
This season has shown Taylor can play the position in high school. It doesn’t sound like much, but when you miss your entire junior season because of injury, he had to prove he could play the spot and stay healthy.
Get Taylor in open space, and he’s a highlight film waiting to happen.
Obviously Taylor will do what the Sooners ask and need him to do. Right now that is definitely play cornerback. But if Mike Stoops can pull off some late magic on the recruiting trail at corner, the most exciting possibility is giving Jay Norvell a chance to see what he can do with Taylor.
Brandon Chatmon: The Oklahoma commitment can have success at multiple positions in the Big 12. He's shown terrific athleticism and playmaking ability during his days at Tulsa (Okla.) East Central.
But cornerback is the best position for Taylor in Norman. This season has proven the impact quality cornerbacks can have on a defense with Aaron Colvin and Demontre Hurst playing like the best coverage duo in the Big 12. Their excellence has given safeties Tony Jefferson and Javon Harris the freedom to rank 1-2 in tackles for OU this season.
And Taylor is the perfect athlete to play the position. He's quick, explosive and has good ball skills. He'll need to put on some weight to play cornerback but he could grow into a solid cover cornerback at the Big 12 level.
While Taylor has the skills to be a terrific receiver in OU's offense, the Sooners have several talented young pass catchers already on campus and you can never have too many cover corners in your program. That's why Taylor should line up in the defensive backfield when he dons crimson and cream during the next few years.