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Top-50 prospect Leonard Taylor taking spring visits

Defensive end and Ohio product Leonard Taylor (No. 49 in ESPN Jr. 300) learned a lot from his previous commitment and subsequent decommitment from Michigan in August. Taylorsays he realizes now that he committed too soon, which is why he plans to take all the time he is allowed to make his college decision.

“It’s really a learning process, and I’m taking everything piece by piece, not rushing anything and making sure I find the right school,” Taylor said. “I’m not going to make a decision until January or the first week of February because I just want to make sure everything is right.”

Taylor, who also plays tight end, has offers from major programs across the country and has been hearing lately from Stanford, Texas, Alabama and Vanderbilt. Since some of those schools have yet to make an offer, the 6-foot-5, 261-pound prospect wants to see who offers before making an official list.

More time will also allow Taylor to take a few more unofficial visits before getting into his officials.

“I’ll be going around to a couple spring games in the next couple weeks and some practices,” he said. “I’ll go to Michigan State, Michigan, Ohio State, Kentucky, a whole bunch of places.”

Taylor knows football won’t last forever, so he is placing a high priority on academics. He would like to eventually go into sports broadcasting once his football career is over.

The spring and summer will play a big factor into which schools comprise his top list and who gets his official visits before the commitment.

“I might make a trip out west, maybe a couple down south and some in the Midwest,” he said. “I’m just taking my time.”