- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
Vincent Taylor (San Antonio/Madison) thought he had things all planned out.
The four-star defensive tackle was ready to make his pledge to Baylor this week. Then he and his coaches got an email from Oklahoma State co-defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer on Monday.
“He told me to call them for good news,” Taylor said. “When I called them up, he immediately started talking about an offer. I told him I think I’ll have to see what Oklahoma State is all about.”
Oklahoma State’s offer was No. 6 for the 6-foot-2, 267-pound junior, and it’s a game-changer for Taylor’s recruitment.
Taylor now says he will make a decision between Baylor and OSU. He plans to visit Stillwater this summer and has no qualms with pledging to a school he hasn’t seen yet.
Baylor had recently taken the lead for his commitment because Bears coaches have been recruiting Taylor since his sophomore year and were the first to offer a scholarship.
Taylor does have some ties to Oklahoma State: His former San Antonio Madison teammate Kris Catlin is a redshirt freshman linebacker for the Cowboys. Right after Taylor got his offer on Monday, he contacted Catlin on his Twitter account to share the news.
The new option makes Taylor’s decision much more difficult than he’d expected. Which school is the leader for his pledge at this point?
“A lot of people have been asking me that,” Taylor said. “Right now, they’re kind of even.”
Back on March 12, Taylor told HornsNation he was ready to commit to Texas if he received an offer. He hoped that offer would come when UT coaches came to Madison this spring.
“Texas came last Tuesday, but I don’t know what’s going on with them anymore,” he said. “Coach [Duane] Akina came out but didn’t have too much to say. We haven’t really talked about an offer. When they did come, I didn’t really feel like they were really looking at me much.”
Now Taylor has a new plan. Even if Texas coaches did make an offer this week, they’d likely be too late.
“I’ve got two big schools that I’m very interested in right now,” Taylor said. “If Texas was to come in and offer, it would probably be hard for me to just change my mind.”
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