Hawkeyes May Be Perfect Fit

Laron Taylor

Laron Taylor attended the Iowa Junior Day and came away very impressed. "I like a lot about them," Taylor said. "I think they fit me perfectly as a linebacker. They run the exact same defense we run at my school. I think I'd have no problem adjusting and catching on. I like coach Kirk Ferentz. I've talked with him a few times and he seems like a nice guy and seems to really want me at Iowa..."

Laron Taylor, the 6-foot, 210-pound three-star linebacker from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Mich., has two offers thus far – Iowa and Western Michigan, and says the Hawkeyes are on top.

Taylor favors Iowa solidly over Western Michigan, Penn State, Cincinnati, Michigan, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Wisconsin.

He already attended the Hawkeyes' Junior Day. "I like a lot about them," he said about Iowa. "I think they fit me perfectly as a linebacker. They run the exact same defense we run at my school. I think I'd have no problem adjusting and catching on."

Another thing he likes about the Hawkeyes is their coaches. "I like coach Kirk Ferentz," he said. "I've talked with him a few times and he seems like a nice guy and seems to really want me at Iowa. He told me they'd put about 15-20 pounds on me."

Growing up Taylor says he always followed Penn State. "I always liked their defense and all the great linebackers they had," he said. "It's like linebacker U over there…they send a lot of guys to the league."

So will the Nittany Lions be offering him? "They emailed me and said they just got another linebacker who committed," he said. "But that they plan on taking another one and I'm high on their list.

"They want me to come to their camp in June and hopefully they'll offer," he said.

Taylor has also attended junior days at Michigan and Michigan State.

"The Michigan coaches show me a lot of love," he said. "I like coach Brady Hoke and he says they like me a lot."

Although Ann Arbor is only about 45 minutes from Taylor's home, he says that distance is not a factor.

This spring Taylor says he'll also likely visit Bowling Green and Illinois as well. "They're both recruiting me a lot too," he said.

While Bowling Green and Illinois are recruiting him heavily, he admits that Notre Dame and Wisconsin have dropped off recently. "I was hearing a lot more from Notre Dame a while back," he said. "I was invited to their junior day but couldn't go…that's probably the last time I heard from them.

"I'm gonna be trying to contact Wisconsin myself," he admitted. "I've just been getting a little mail from them."

Taylor says he hopes to commit somewhere before his senior season. "I'd like to do it before our first game," he said. "But that depends on how recruiting goes and what offers I get.

"I want to makes sure that the school has my major (journalism/broadcasting) and that the coaches get along with each other," he said. "I want to see that they have a good relationship with each other and with the players.

"I'll also be looking at the campus and weight room too," he said.

Taylor finished his junior season with 105 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, seven sacks, three fumbles recovered, two fumbles caused and one interception.

"My main strength is reading and dissecting plays before they happen," he said. "I play fast and I don't miss a lot of tackles."

He says he can bench 225-pounds 14 times, squat 375 and has a 32-inch vertical jump.

"I want to get stronger and bulk up a bit," he said. "I want to be more physical and also get faster."

Taylor reports a 3.0 core GPA and took the ACT in March.

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