March 19, 2012

Taylor grabbing offers

The Massillon (Ohio) Washington football program has an outstanding history of producing Division I prospects and the Tigers are loaded again in the 2013 class. One of the best prospects on the roster is middle linebacker Kentrell Taylor. The 5-foot-11, 230-pounder had a tremendous junior season for the Tigers.

"It was cool," said Taylor of his season. "I did what I had to do to help the team but there's always room for improvement and to get better. I don't really like to look back at the past so I'm looking forward to my senior season and I know there's room for improvement."

With plenty of talent back from last season's team, Taylor has some big goals in mind for his senior season.

"Week 15 (the state championship game), that's the biggest goal," Taylor said. "Beating McKinley and going 15-0 and just handling my business."

Taylor's production as a junior has already led to three verbal offers from Mid-American Conference programs.

"I have offers from Toledo, Kent State, and Buffalo," he said. "It's exciting to get the burden off my shoulders. Now I can focus on my grades and stuff, that's a real big thing for me because I have a 3.5 cumulative. My dad stays on me about grades and all of that stuff."

It is no secret that the new staff at Kent State is making a strong push in Stark County and the physical linebacker/fullback was on campus recently for a junior day visit.

"I've talked to coach (Darrell) Hazell once or twice," he explained. "I went up to their junior day and it was real mellow and real cool. They take their football and their workouts seriously up there."

In addition to the three offers, Taylor is also hearing from a handful of Big Ten and Big East programs and he has some schools in mind for unofficial visits during the spring.

"I talked to (Massillon head coach Jason Hall) and coach Hall tells me that a couple of Big Ten schools like Wisconsin and Indiana have called," he said. "I'm going to Indiana's spring practice on March 24th and I go to Cincinnati in April, I forget exactly when. I also am going to Buffalo and Kent State at some point."

Taylor added that he's in no rush to make a decision and will wait until after his senior year to commit.

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