The defensive tackle from Texas was a little surprised by his offer, but was excited nonetheless.
"It was a blessing from God," Taylor said. "It came out of no where. It is pretty cool. I got a chance to talk to the head coach (James Franklin) and the defensive coordinator (Bob Shoop). They told me they saw my game film and they wanted to offer me a scholarship. They said most of their defensive linemen were seniors, so I will have an opportunity to go there and play. I will get to show my talent. But, it won't come easy wherever I go I will have to work for a starting position."
What makes Vanderbilt different from the rest of Taylor's offers is the school's academic standards. The 6'3 250-pound prospect said he was not only impressed by the school's reputation in the classroom, but also the fact that they are in the Southeastern Conference.
"That's what's important: academics rather than football," Taylor said. "It makes them better than other schools. As far as academics, you can go there get a degree and then get a job once you graduate. It's great to get an offer from an SEC school. They've won the last few national championships. The SEC is known for their defense. I feel like I could fit right in. I also have family up there in Tennessee that I'm really close to, so that will make me feel kind of at home."
Taylor said he plans on making a trip down to Nashville, Tennessee with his father some time this spring. In the mean time, he will be visiting Texas this weekend after having some problems on the way to his last visit.
"I'm about to go out to Texas on Saturday since I missed last time," Taylor said. "I haven't really talked to any the coaches yet. Since we weren't able to make it to Austin last time we are hoping to make it this time. I'm very excited. They were one of the schools that was pretty hard on me last spring. Hopefully, when I make it up there everything turns out well."
Taylor said he's also hearing from LSU who is planning on visiting him this spring.
In addition to staying busy with college coaches, Taylor will be participating in the Nike camp in Houston on March 10th. Taylor also leads his football team's "President's Club," where they workout, do agility work and focus on getting stronger in the offseason.