The fastest kid in the Class of 2013 has it down to 2. That according to him tonight. Tatum Taylor, the world class speedster from O'Dea High School, will be making a decision Monday. The slot back has offers from a handful of schools but it sure appears he has two in mind at this point.
"I am down to OSU and ASU. Washington State is still there a little but the communications have really broken down just recently. So I do not think there is much left there to pursue," offered Tatum.
Oregon State wants him as a slot back and would of course want a sprinter of his caliber to run for the team which is by no means a power in the Pac 12.
Then there is Arizona State. They are a top ranked University in Track and if he chose to go there he would no doubt focus on track and maybe play football.
"Both schools want me to play football and both want me to play early in the special teams, slot back, and kick and punt return. So I have it down pretty good."
Track could carry him a long way. Maybe even down an Olympic path because his speeds are world class for a High School kid. In football he would be effective but there may be issues with his size as he has remained at 5'10" and 160 pounds. Given the beating a running back or slot and return man takes he would be risking a potential track future too if he injured his knees or legs.
It will be interesting to see what he does.
"Coach Mike Riley has come to see me and the Family recently and we all love him as a person. That program has that sense of family that is for real. That is clear to me and very attractive. Arizona is right there too. So it will be a little more thinking and then a decision on Monday somewhere quiet I think," added Tatum. "Probably just me and my family. Doing the whole ceremony and the hats and all of that is not for me. This is for just me and the family to do."
A more humble kid you will never ever find. Whoever gets him will get a tough as nails talent on the football field and one of the top sprinters in the US. He will be a real asset either way.
Good luck to Tatum and his decision. We will know Monday and of course share that with you as soon as we do.