The Dallas school district has built a healthy reputation for churning out FBS talent. Two-way lineman Draven Taylor (Dallas/Adamson) is looking to continue that trend, but he’s also on a mission to help turn things around at his school.
Adamson traditionally hasn’t been a producer of top talent, but the 6-foot-2, 285-pound lineman has caught the eye of several schools and has offers from Louisiana-Monroe and Incarnate Word. Taylor additionally has looks from Kansas, North Texas, Navy, Cornell, Yale and Central Arkansas.
“I know that Adamson really doesn’t have many players recruited,” Taylor said, “but coming in my freshman year, I knew I could change that if I worked hard. My former coach said I had the chance to get to college if I worked every single day, so basically, day in and day out, that’s what I did. I play with a lot of heart. Sometimes, it’s heart over talent. That’s what my coaches always tell me.”
A team that hasn’t had a winning record since 2007, Adamson is currently 4-2 on the year and fighting for a playoff spot. On offense, Taylor is a durable left tackle. Some project him to be a guard if he stays on offense. Defensively, he lines up at tackle -- a position he feels may best fit him on the college level.
Taylor said both Louisiana-Monroe and Incarnate Word intrigue him, and he is looking to take visits to both schools.
“With [ULM], it’s the way they. No matter who they play, they’re going to stick it to them,” Taylor said. “I’ve watched them play Auburn, Baylor and Arkansas. They don’t care who they play; they’re just going to play hard.
“With [UIW], it’s a lot closer to home, plus I’ve got a couple family members who live down in that area. It’s a small university, but the classes are smaller, which will get me hands-on [instruction] with the teachers.”
As talented as he is on the field, he’s equally gifted in the classroom. Taylor owns a 90 grade-point average, and he is ranked in the top 10 of his senior class of 335 students.