Athlete of the Week: Kole Taylor
Football season is almost here and one Central High senior had been mulling over his decision on where he would play football in college. The tight end has finally committed to Louisiana State University.
"It's been a long process coming,” said Taylor. “It's been a couple months getting offers, visiting schools and stuff like that. It's been a great process and a fun process but it's finally time to come to an end."
After receiving 27 offers from division one schools all over the country, Central High senior Kole Taylor has a new home in the bayou as an LSU Tiger. The last six months, Taylor has been visiting schools and listening to offers to play college football.
"It's really cool to build relationships with all of these coaches, meet new people, see different places,” said Taylor. I went to the Space Needle. I never thought I'd have dinner in the Space Needle. We went down south to see all of that. It's just awesome to build those relationships and stuff."
"It's been outstanding bonding with him and seeing the different programs,” Kole’s father Sean Taylor said. “Meeting the coaches, they've all been great people throughout the country. It's time to focus on his senior year and to have that decision behind him so he can move forward."
Now he will be making plays in front of national audiences.
"It's crazy to think to play in front of 100,000 fans. Just unbelievable. It's a dream come true."
But this all wasn't given to him; the 6' 6" tight end had to put in the work.
"I drive up to Denver a lot and I work out at six-zero,” said Taylor. “It's a place up in Denver that does recruiting and working out. I had a seven on seven team in Denver so I used to drive up every weekend. Probably twenty weekends in a row we were up in Denver just doing football stuff."
"He's put in a lot of work,” Sean Taylor said. “People think he's a big kid, he has good hands. It's not all natural, he's really worked hard for it. He's always in the weight room, never misses. He comes home and we have a jugs machine here at home. We'll throw a couple hundred balls here too. He's put in all the work so I'm super proud of him and he's a great student and a great kid."
Kole was ranked the top tight end in the state and now he will be competing in a football conference that has won six of the last ten national championships.
"It's bigtime. It's SEC football which is different,” Taylor said. “Everyone is in the SEC is crazy good. It's good competition. You get better playing against the best. When I was on my visit, it just kind of felt right and my family enjoyed it.
LSU is led by head coach Ed Orgeron, a Louisiana native known for his Cajun accent that Taylor connected with on his visits.
"I called him the day I had to commit. We called him and talked to him and he was super excited and super pumped. When we were there on the visit, we had a couple meals with him and he's a really good guy. He's a little difficult to understand at first but I got used to it going throughout one meal with him. It's funny, it's a cool accent for sure."
Taylor will finish out senior season, signing day is in December, and then he will report in January play spring ball with the Tigers.