Coach Spotlight: Taylor Bible

Coach Spotlight: Taylor Bible

John Walsh, the head coach of Denton, Texas Guyer High School, has known Taylor Bible since he was in the 7th grade. "He was always a big kid. Before he got to Guyer, he played in the backfield at running back and quarterback, but we knew he'd play defensive line. It took him some time to warm up to the idea."


John Walsh continued, "He really didn't care for lining up with his hand on the ground. He'd tell us he wanted to play linebacker or fullback. He was moping around awhile, but started to realize being in the 275 range already, he had a big future on the defensive line. Ever since then he's taken on a whole new demeanor. He's become a technician at the position."

As a senior Taylor Bible stands 6-3, 310, and fits in the prototype most Division 1 colleges desire in the size of their offensive linemen.

"You'll find a lot of guys out there the same size as Taylor, but what separates him from the rest is his explosiveness coming out the ball," Walsh said. "In the 8th grade he finished 3rd in the state in the 100 meter dash, and I think he's held on to that mentality and plays the game fast with unbelievable quickness."

Bible's career has been slowed a bit by injury. As a freshman, already being watched by major programs, he suffered a broken leg. He was cleared to play this summer after sustaining an injury to his shoulder.

As a junior, Bible recorded 88 tackles, 42 tackles for a loss, five sacks, and 26 quarterback hurries on his way to earning 3rd team All-State honors.

This year, Bible has showed no ill effect from the shoulder. His coach says he's been "dominating."

"We've played some good teams, and have had only one rush for over 100 yards on us," Walsh said. "Taylor's been a big part of stuffing the run as well as showing his explosiveness off the line and getting fast pursuit to the ball."

There were many teams in pursuit of Bible. He had offers from Baylor, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Kentucky, and many more. He decided to become a Longhorn February 7th.

"I was a bit surprised he committed when he did at Junior Day," said Walsh. "USC was expressing interest, and he had two favorites in LSU and Oklahoma.

"But I think Coach Brown and his staff at Texas are exactly who they claim to be. They take care of their kids. They made Taylor feel at home and comfortable when he was there with his family. They called me and said Texas had offered, and they were accepting."

Off the field Coach Walsh thinks Bible is an "unbelievable kid."

"Taylor's a person of high character," he said. "He comes from a strong Christian family. I don't think I've ever heard him say a curse word. He's has a great personality, and the other kids just gravitate to him."

With Bible's high level of maturity on-and-off the field Walsh expects him to make an immediate impact as a Longhorn.

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