Recruiting on the Plains: 2019 RB Dadrion Taylor Commits to Texas Tech

Player: Dadrion Taylor
Position: Running Back
Height / Weight: 5-11/180
High School: Carl Albert (Oklahoma City, OK)
Offers: Texas Tech, Utah State, Air Force, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Army, East Central University, Missouri State, Pittsburgh State, Stephen F. Austin, Western Illinois
Recruiting Services: Rivals 5.4 | 24/7 Sports 80 | ESPN
Video: Hudl
Cumulative Ranking: 81.18
Profile Date: February 4, 2019

Taylor was the second of two commits for Texas Tech on Sunday, the crazy thing is that Taylor’s credentials are actually pretty good, but he’s not very well thought of, only a 2-star with Rivals and not rated at all by ESPN (which doesn’t mean very much except for the fact that ESPN’s recruiting service is third-tier and not that good). Taylor appears to be a workhorse of a running back and has a ton of big plays, good speed, ability to hit the outside quite quickly.

Taylor spoke to RedRaiderSports’ Ben Golan about his recruiting journey:

“I was committed to Utah State as a running back but then the new staff came in and said they were looking for a JUCO running back instead, so I ended up decommitting. One day coach Wells texted me and he was like ‘Hey what are you doing for college?’ and really I was just trying to find a home, where I could go to school and get a good education too. The whole staff came down and watched me practice basketball, I talked to coach Brown, coach Cooks, coach Patterson and then coach Wells and coach Smith also came for a home visit. They set up my official and this morning offered me a scholarship.”

The post notes that Taylor knows former Red Raider footballer Tre Porter, is good friends with baseballer Cam Warren and was the Oklahoma 5A player of the year. You can tell that a lot of the competition isn’t all that great on what Taylor is doing, but you can tell he’s got some skills and Taylor fits a definite need in that Texas Tech needs running backs on the roster, they’re down to 3 scholarship and a walk-on.

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