Just a week ago, tight end Taylor McNamara (San Diego, Calif./Westview) was set to make his college choice. He had picked his school and was on the phone telling the other schools on his list that he appreciated their time when a funny thing happened.
McNamara took all five of his official visits checking out Colorado, Notre Dame, Washington, California and Oklahoma. Two weeks ago, McNamara said he had narrowed his decision to a final three -- Oklahoma, Cal and Washington. Last week, he made his selection.
“I was going to Oklahoma,” McNamara said. “I had a good visit there and really liked everything about the school and the depth chart especially. I knew I could play early for a team that will compete for a national championship every year and I was excited about that opportunity.
“When I called up coach Embree at Colorado, he wouldn’t take no for an answer. He talked to me a lot more about the reasons why I should look at Colorado and they were the reasons that got me excited about them in the first place. I decided to hold off making my decision and right now, my final two are Oklahoma and Colorado and I have no idea what I’m going to do.”
McNamara said the decision is a tough one and he is hoping to decide by the end of this week.
“I like these two schools for totally different reasons,” McNamara said. “With Colorado and I’ve heard this from a lot of different people, no school can better prepare me for the NFL or will feature the tight end more in the offense. Coach Embree is one of the best tight end coaches around. He has coached so many different NFL guys at Colorado and UCLA and the three years he was with the KC Chiefs, those were three of the best seasons Tony Gonzales has ever had.
“Colorado is an amazing place to live too and I always says if football was taken away for me, that’s a place I know I would be comfortable at. My parents really like the school as well and its better academically than most people realize. My only concern was always the talent level on the team and the fact that program is really down right now. The coaches are saying in just a couple of years, they’ll be ready to compete with anyone but I’m just not sure. Coach Embree is definitely making me thing though and if anyone can do it, he can.”
As for Oklahoma, the Sooners aren’t going anywhere in this race.
“Oklahoma doesn’t use the tight end much in their offense,” McNamara said. ‘I’m not sure if that’s the offense or because they haven’t had a guy since Jermaine Gresham that was truly an NFL caliber tight end. He caught a ton of balls for Oklahoma and they told me they want to use me in the same way.
“At the same time, they have such great receivers every year, I know that’s always going to be the first option. I’m not saying I have to be the first option, not saying that at all, but it would be nice to know that I’ll be at least a focal point and will get a chance to make plays. Right now, I’m so confused and going back and forth like crazy. I don’t want to rush this but also don’t want to drag this out. I’m giving myself until the end of the week and then I’ll make my decision.”