Three Division I-A programs have extended scholarship offers to Atlanta Marist safety prospect Cooper Taylor. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder talked about those schools and others that are showing him attention.
"I got offers from Duke, Mississippi State and Marshall," Taylor said. "I'm still wide-open to where I want to go, though."
Taylor already has made an unofficial visit to Duke and several things stand out about the Blue Devils.
"The education part up there is great," he said. "Once you get done with football you have a Duke education to fall back on."
Glenn Spencer is recruiting Taylor for Duke. Woody McCorvey is the recruiter of record for Mississippi State. He plans to make unofficial visits to those two programs and any others who show him interest before the spring is over and then commit to his school of choice during the summer.
Purdue, Miami (Ohio.) Alabama, Louisville, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Georgia all are showing Taylor attention.
"I played this past year with torn hamstring," he said. "I grew four inches in a month, so it stretched it out pretty good. Teams waiting to see how fast I can run and how much weight I can put on."
Taylor has been timed as fast as 4.5-seconds in the 40-yard dash.
So what will be important to Taylor when he goes to make a decision about college?
"The tradition of winning (is important)," he said. "I want to go to a big school that has it straight with my position."
That position is safety. There are several reasons Taylor believes he is a high-end prospect at that position, including some time he spent at quarterback.
"My coverage ability," he said. "I can read quarterbacks so well because I've been playing the position since I was younger."