Land O'Lakes (Fla.) tight end Kent Taylor holds offers from more than 25 schools. With that in mind, he tentatively narrowed his list to five schools that are standing out as he gets set to begin spring practice.
"I'm narrowing it down to five schools tentatively right now," Taylor said. "They are in no specific order, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Penn State, and Notre Dame."
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound tight end talked about why the decision to narrow things down a bit at this point in his recruitment.
"It is just because I don't want to act like I am playing a game, I want to let these schools know that I am very interested," Taylor said. "Obviously other schools could come in and my top five could change, but this is just tentative for right now. Those are just the five schools that I am extremely interested in right now. After spring, if other schools had come along and really made an impact on me, things could change but as of right now these are my five schools."
Taylor has taken recent visits to all five schools. He shared a bit about why each school stands out to him at this point.
Florida: "I am just very confident that they are going to use a tight end. I am convinced that (offensive coordinator) Charlie Weis is going to use me in their offense. I just really like the people and the atmosphere there."
Florida State: "I have been high on them for a long time. The only thing that is keeping me from committing to Florida State is that I am wondering how much they are going to use the tight end. I just want to watch them a little bit during the season."
Miami: "It is Tight End U. I really liked the campus. (Head coach) Al Golden played tight end so I know he is going to use them. Brennan Carroll is a tight ends coach, and a great guy, a great coach. He knows a lot about tight ends."
Penn State: "They would definitely use me. They would definitely use me like they did Andrew Quarless. It was a very good atmosphere there and a really good fan base. They made a major impact on me last week when I went there. I didn't know how they were going to use me but I do now and I really like it."
Notre Dame: "The tradition was just absolutely amazing. They are another one that uses tight ends very well. They are really just going to line me up and allow me to catch the ball which is definitely a good thing. They have a beautiful campus and great facilities."
Taylor said he intends to shut it down for spring football. He may return to the road for some unofficial visits during the summer and intends to use multiple official visits during the season. As for his official visits, those may vary a bit from his list of five schools.
"I haven't decided," Taylor said. "I may not take officials to Florida, Florida State, and Miami because they are so close. I may take three other ones besides Penn State and Notre Dame. I haven't decided yet."
As for his final decision, Taylor said it will simply be whenever he feels it is right.
Taylor will represent the East in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Texas.