With the 2011 recruiting cycle winding down, 2012 prospects are beginning to hit campuses around the nation for Junior Day events. Land O'Lakes (Fla.) tight end Kent Taylor took a visit to Florida State on Saturday to attend the Seminoles first Junior Day for 2012 prospects.
"First off, I am seriously thinking about committing there," Taylor said of Florida State. "I liked everything there - the people there, the coaches there, everything about it."
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound tight end talked about the visit a bit more in-depth.
"When I first stepped into the door they made it apparent that they wanted me to feel like I was very special," Taylor said. "For instance, as soon as I got there I had a chance to go up and meet Coach (Jimbo) Fisher and the tight ends coach (James Coley) and the wide receivers coach, Coach (Lawrence) Dawsey. I got a chance to meet all of them by myself before joining everyone else."
He talked about his conversation with head coach Jimbo Fisher.
"Coach Fisher said that he likes how I can run and catch the ball and that I can also block," Taylor said. "He said I would be great for their offense because they want a tight end that can be a receiver as well as block. They want to spread the field and want me to be part of that, but they also need me to block a 290-pound defensive end. They think they can get me to 250 pounds and that I would be a great fit."
"They also said that I am the only tight end they have offered so far," Taylor added.
Taylor also met his future potential position coach, offensive coordinator and tight ends coach James Coley
"He met me as soon as I got there," Taylor said. "He and Coach Dawsey were in the room with me and my parents when Coach Fisher offered me."
In addition to meeting with the staff and learning more about the school from advisors and such, Taylor also got a chance to tour the Tallahassee-based campus.
"The campus is great," Taylor said. "Everything is brick. It is beautiful. They also are building a new indoor facility and in a couple of years they plan to have apartments that are for the players."
Taylor was joined on the visit by his parents, who came away impressed.
"My parents loved it," Taylor said. "They both want me to go to Florida but the visit definitely was very impressive to them. I don't know how much it swayed them now, but I know they definitely really liked it."
On his way back to Land O'Lakes, Taylor and his parents made a stop in Gainesville to meet with head coach Will Muschamp and tight ends coach Brian White.
"It was cool," Taylor said. "I just met with Coach (Will) Muschamp and their tight ends coach. It was good. He just said of right now they are so behind with their 2011 class, because they just all got there with the new coaching change. They don't even know what they got right now because they haven't even really met as a whole staff yet because they are always out recruiting."
"The tight ends coach said that he loves me and I am top on his list in Florida," Taylor added. "They said they are pretty high on one other kid from Georgia. He said that me and him are at the very top. He said they love me but they just aren't ready to offer me."
Taylor, who is quickly approaching double-digit offers, plans to hit the road again in a couple of weeks.
"I am going to Florida's Junior Day on February 12th and I might go to Notre Dame on their Junior Day, it is on March 26th," Taylor said.
Taylor is the son of former NFL offensive lineman Rob Taylor.