East Central corner commits to Sooners
BY KELLY HINES World Sports Writer
Saturday, May 05, 2012
5/05/12 at 6:06 AM
The offer East Central cornerback Stanvon Taylor was awaiting from Norman arrived last week, and 12 days later, he verbally committed to play football at the University of Oklahoma.
"Since I got the offer, it's been the only thing I've thought about," Taylor said Friday night. "The only reason I was holding back was because my mom told me to wait. She was probably tired of me bugging her."
When his mom gave him the go-ahead, Taylor immediately called OU assistant Jackie Shipp and "let him know that he can count me in," he said.
At 5-feet-11 and 170 pounds, Taylor is a four-star recruit and ranked 16th at his position, according to Rivals.com. He is one of the state's top 2013 prospects, along with Lawton defensive end D.J. Ward, who also has committed to OU.
Despite missing most of last season with a broken leg, Taylor's speed and athleticism helped him pick up 10 other offers, including Ole Miss, Kansas State and Tulsa. But the Sooners' tradition eventually won him over.
"It's a winning program, and I like to win," he said. "Being here in Oklahoma, most of what you see is OU.
"Ever since I got into sports, OU has always been one of my favorite schools."
Taylor also plays wideout for the Cardinals, was a starter on last season's Class 5A runner-up basketball squad, is the reigning long-jump state champion and has one of the best 100-meter dash times (10.96 seconds) in 5A.
The commitment is the Sooners' fifth for the Class of 2013. The others are defensive end Matt Dimon of Katy, Texas, and running backs Greg Bryant of Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage and Keith Ford of Cypress (Texas) Ranch.
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