Seattle WR w/ WSU offer digs Leach's Air Raid

RAN BLAZING 60 METERS TIME OF 6.71

NO PREP ATHLETE has clocked a faster 60 meters time in the United States this year. He has two Pac-12 offers, including one from Mike Leach and the Cougs. And his recent unofficial visit to Wazzu was an eye opener.

"I loved it," said Seattle's Tatum Taylor about his trip out to Wazzu this spring. "It was great for me because at first, I was worried that it wasn't a big city, it's a college town. But I went down there and I was very impressed with it all and everything that was going on."

Taking in a spring practice and seeing Mike Leach's Air Raid offense also had the O'Dea High burner grinning from ear to ear.

"I really enjoyed that, I would fit in very well in their system and to catch balls in open space...they're also building new parts of their stadium and that was impressive, too. I love WSU. I like everything that they're doing over there," said Taylor.

Attempting to compete and compete well in two sports in college is a major challenge. But Taylor might try and give it a go. He's talked with WSU's track coaches and Mike Leach about it.

"Coach Leach was great, he made it clear I'd be able to do both," said Taylor, whose personal bests in the 100 and 200 meters are 10.68 and 21.82, respectively.

Taylor recently had to take it easy for about three weeks in order to shake off a cold but says he's ready to go after his track time personal bests in the coming weeks and he'll be competing at an event this weekend. Earlier this year, in February, Taylor clocked a 6.79 in the 60 meters -- and then bettered it with a 6.71 at the Brooks PR Invitational. He's tied with Levonte Whitfield for the fastest 60-m prep time in the nation.

Taylor is classified by Scout.com as a running back but said WSU likes him at slot receiver. He gained 1,014 yards rushing and stacked up 30 tackles on defense

Taylor said he's in no hurry to make a commitment, pointing towards a possible August/September decision or, if that doesn't feel right, something closer to Signing Day.



Taylor holds offers from Washington State, Utah, Purdue, Idaho and Wyoming. Utah is the most recent school to offer.

"They want to make sure I was over 5-7. I've actually heard that from three coaches... I don't know how that started. I'm actually 5-10," said Taylor.

Other schools Taylor said he has been talking to a lot include Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and UW.

TAYLOR HAS BEEN named one of the 2013 Nuggets in Waiting by the Tacoma News Tribune. He was named Metro Mountain Division Offensive co-MVP and first team all-state as a junior.

Taylor's official 2011 statistics from longtime O'Dea head man Monte Kohler: RUSHING: 103 touches for 1,014 yards (9.84 ypc) and 17 TDs; RECEIVING: 6 catches for 78 yards (13.0 ypc) with 1 TD; PUNT RETURNS: 11 for 209 (19.0 avg) with 1 TD; KICKOFF RETURNS: 19 for 396 yards (20.84 avg)

COUGAR FOOTBALL NOTES:
  • The Ian Furness Show on sports radio KJR in Seattle (950AM and 102.9FM) will be broadcasting live from 1-3 p.m. on Friday from Spokane's Northern Quest Casino. They'll be talking all things Cougar football and will have a variety of guests, including Bill Moos and former Cougar players.

  • Saturday's game will be televised in the Spokane area on cable channel SWX, and KXLY Radio will be covering the first hour of the game. Note: SWX on Thursday afternoon said they will also be streaming the game at SWXRightNow.com.
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