John Curtis Christian (River Ridge, La.) has a talented senior class that includes six prospects who have received scholarship offers (at least four more should play at the next level, too).
Offensive tackle Anthony Taylor is massive in the 6-7, 335-pound range, and his feet are quicker than you'd expect from a huge OL who plays in a run-oriented triple-option offense.
The bench press numbers at John Curtis may be unprecedented for a high school program. Four Patriots (Taylor, ILB Eric Thomas, OLB Fred Beauford and RB Tevin Horton) bench a minimum of 425 pounds (that's not a typo). '14 RB Raekwon James (5-8 to 5-9, 175-to-185 lbs.) benches 365 lbs.
Taylor is the biggest and strongest player on the team. He's been dominant in the shot put at the Class 2A state track meets (Curtis has owned 2A in both indoor and outdoor lately). This spring, he topped Thomas - who entered the meet with the state's best throw - by chunking the shot just under 60 feet.
This past school year, Curtis won state in indoor and outdoor track, football, boys basketball and girls basketball.
Taylor opens gaping holes for the large and talented stable of Curtis backs: included are '13 RB Sherman Badie, '13 Tevin Horton, '14 George Moreira, James, '15 Myles Washington and '13 Brandon Porter (usually plays defense but has an offer from San Diego State for either side of the ball).
During the middle of June, Taylor trekked to Kentucky to camp with the Wildcats. Kentucky is no stranger to John Curtis products. When Mike Archer was at the school, the Wildcats inked LB Jacob Dufrene from Curtis.
"I toured the campus, ran the 40 and did speed drills at the camp, which was really small and scaled back for us," said Taylor. "Coach (Pat) Washington seems to think I'd be a good fit for their program. I'm better on my feet than he expected.
"The main thing is (Kentucky) is taking two offensive tackles and two guards. The campus is immaculate. It was everything I thought and better. It's also in a nice area (of Lexington)."
Taylor dialed up Dufrene prior to making the trip.
"I called Jacob Dufrene and he had nothing but good things to say about Kentucky," said Taylor of the former Patriot and former Wildcat letterman.
Taylor is interested in the possibility of competing in both football and track in college. He has an offer from McNeese State and interest from Nebraska, Indiana and Kentucky, among others.
John Curtis went 14-0 in 2011 and won the Class 2A state title by defeating Winnfield (Nebraska signee Alonzo Moore, LSU commit Michael Patterson) by a 33-3 margin.
The Patriots have a high-profile interstate matchup vs. Florida defending Class 8A state champ (Tampa) Plant on September 7th at the Superdome in New Orleans. Last year, Plant was the No. 14 team in the nation (per the Scout Top 50).
John Curtis and Plant are both being widely-touted for top 15-to-20 national rankings in early '12 polls. Curtis has been ranked as high as No. 6.
Anthony Taylor pictured below, right, with teammate Brandon Godfrey ('13 OL and Tulane commit) at John Curtis Christian spring practice (in May 2012).