After spending the weekend at Arizona State on an official visit, Tatum Taylor isn’t sure he is going to find a better place to compete in two sports.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound athlete (Seattle/O’Dea) was able to get a sense for what his future would be like if he decided to play football and run track for the Sun Devils.
“It seems like it would be a great place,” he said. “I love the weather down there. They have a really good program set up, so you can succeed both on the field and off the field.”
Taylor’s trip was his first official visit. He plans to take a few more.
“I still want to take my other officials, but that was a pretty good visit for me,” he said.
Freshman sprinter Trae Armstrong, an Arizona native, was Taylor’s host during the senior’s time in Tempe, Ariz. He had the opportunity to tour the university’s athletic facilities and get to know a pair of teams he could see himself competing for next year. He also caught Arizona State’s 45-43 loss to UCLA.
“It was a fun experience,” Taylor said. “They showed me around the city and it was a great game I got to see. It went down to the final seconds.”
Now that he is back in Seattle, Taylor is preparing for a strong finish to his senior season. The Irish open the postseason at 4 p.m. Saturday against Lakewood (Wash.) Lakes.
“We just wrapped up the end of the quarter and the football season is going really good -- it’s going by fast,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting it. We’re already in the playoffs.”