Because of his impressive size and speed, Van Buren (Ark.) wide receiver Taylor Stockemer is a prospect with a lot of upside. While he still is waiting on his first scholarship offer, several programs are giving him plenty of attention and one in-state Sun Belt Conference program appears to be closing in on an offer.
"(Recruiting) is going pretty good," Stockemer said. "I'm talking to a lot of schools Big 12 right now. Schools like Baylor, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State have been communicating with me. Also California, Virginia Tech and Minnesota have been in touch and I've been keeping in touch with coach Hugh Freeze from Ole Miss.
"One of the coaches from Arkansas State came over to check up on me and it surprised me," he said. "They said they would be sending me a scholarship offer on May 1, so that's exciting."
There are several things that Stockemer is looking for in a college.
"I'm looking for a school that has a real close team," he said. "I don't really have any preference as far as geographic location is concerned. I'd prefer a school that has a good engineering program, though, because that's what I want to major in."
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Stockemer believes there are a number of reasons why colleges are interested in his services.
"(Colleges like) my size and my speed and my ability to catch the ball," he said.
Stockemer's speed is verified by his performance on the Van Buren High track team. He runs the 100, 200 and 400-meters and competes in the triple jump. He has been timed as fast as 10.78-seconds in the 100.
Stockemer caught 43 passes for 839 yards and eight touchdowns during the 2005 season. He plans to attend the Columbia NIKE Camp on June 1 in Columbia, Mo.