Tatum Taylor setting up official visits


SEATTLE -- Tatum Taylor (Seattle, Wash./O’Dea) has trimmed his list. But he isn’t quite ready to unveil the finalists.

While the 5-foot-10, 160-pound speedster wouldn’t share his top schools, he did say he has started to schedule his visits.

The senior athlete plans to visit Arizona State for the Sun Devils’ Oct. 27 game against UCLA. Taylor also said he is looking into a trip to Washington State as well. He won’t select a school until after the high school season ends.

“I’m trying to wait until after the season to make my decision, because I want to keep the team focused,” Taylor said. “The goal is to win a state championship.”

Taylor rushed for 70 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries last week during a 47-7 win over league rival Seattle Prep.

“I love the competition,” Taylor said after his last game against the Panthers. “I love the rivalry that we have. I’m going to miss West Seattle Stadium, all the Seattle Prep vs. O’Dea games. It’s a great atmosphere.”

While Taylor was happy with his performance, and the win, he was disappointed his good friend and fellow Division I recruit Teré Calloway of Seattle Prep couldn’t play after suffering an injury the week before.

“I wish Teré would have played,” Taylor said. “It would have made it all the more sweeter, but we’ll take the win.”

Taylor didn’t get to play against Calloway, but he there is still a chance the friends could end up on the same team in college.

“It sucks that he couldn’t be out there, because it only makes the game better, but hopefully we can keep it going in college, maybe play on the same team,” Taylor said.