Cornerback Stanvon Taylor (Tulsa, Okla./East Central) didn't take it personally when the Oklahoma coaches elected not to offer him at their junior day in February.
A four-star athlete, Taylor has been picking up offers on a weekly basis since then from schools such as Houston, Arizona State and Kansas State, among others, but, until recently, there had been minimal contact from the Sooners.
On Monday afternoon, however, Taylor couldn't hide his elation after Oklahoma finally extended him the offer he had coveted.
“[The offer] was incredible," Taylor said. "It’s something I have been waiting for and hoping for so it’s a great feeling."
Making the offer all the more special was the fact that it was OU head coach Bob Stoops that contacted him by phone.
Taylor has been recruited by OU defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp and Shipp, on the phone with the Tulsa East Central coaching staff, let them know Stoops wanted to talk to Taylor.
Taylor, 5-foot-11 and 160 pounds, was in track practice when he was pulled out so he could take the call. He had a feeling good news was on the way when he heard his coach say to Stoops on the phone, “That’s going to make him smile.”
He never showed frustration, but OU fans were starting to wonder if the Sooners were ever going to pull the trigger on the second-ranked prospect in the state. Turns out it was never a question about ability.
“Coach Stoops told me it was the ankle they were concerned about and that’s why they waited as long as they did [to offer],” Taylor said.
After breaking his ankle in the first game of his junior season, Taylor missed the rest of the season. He said it wasn’t until February that he first started to feel 100 percent again.
Taylor was thrilled about the offer and has thought about committing. However, he hasn’t yet and said the plan is still for him to visit Kansas State this weekend for its spring game.
OU isn't his first offer, but it is the first one that gave him a special feeling.
“I’ve talked to coaches and players before about it, and they said you’ll know when you know that’s where you want to be,” Taylor said. “It’s just a different feeling. I think I understand that because what I’ve been feeling the last 24 hours is something I’ve never felt before.”
The interest in Taylor, who said he still needs to discuss things with his mother before his makes his decision, hasn't slowed down. Arizona State coaches visited East Central on Monday and that is coming off the heels of a very busy week. Taylor received calls from Texas and Notre Dame and has been one of the top defensive back targets for the Longhorns. He was originally supposed to go to Arkansas’ spring game last weekend but decided to not attend.
Though he is admittedly very high on OU, Taylor said he is looking forward to seeing Kansas State soon.
“OU, Arkansas and Kansas State have been my local favorites for a while,” Taylor said. “I want to see the [Wildcats'] campus and see what they have to offer.”