Written By Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
Offensive lineman Beau Taylor plays his football for one of the top high schools in America, Bishop Gorman located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tayler, a 6-foot-4, 274-pound guard is listed as a three-star prospect in the 2019 class per 247 Sports composite rankings and holds 11 offers including one from Indiana University.
While some may think, ‘why would a Vegas kid be interested in a Big Ten school?’, others will see Bishop Gorman players littered throughout the mid-west. Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell is a former Gael as are Michigan State signees Jacob Isaia and Jalen Nailor. When Hoosier Huddle reached out to Taylor about going from Nevada to the Big Ten, he had this to say, “Two players I played with my sophomore season (Tate Martell and Haskell Garett) are at Ohio State and two players that I played with last season (Jacob Isaia and Jalen Nailor) are going to Michigan State next year so I’m pretty familiar with the Big 10.”
Taylor also has a more personal connection to the mid-west and the surrounding area. “I have family in both Indiana (Evansville) and Kentucky so I’m also pretty familiar with Indiana” he said in an email interview.
As far as on the field, Taylor has racked up the accolades, going to two youth All-American games. His experiences there were just a small sample of what he’d see at Gorman. “The youth camps and all-star games were a great introduction to what I’ve seen the past three years with the amazing competition that I have (gone up) against. The early praise also helped me stay humble throughout the recruiting process because I know that as much recognition that I receive more hard work is always necessary” Taylor said.
Playing for Bishop Gorman has already started preparing for the next level, he said. “Fortunately at Gorman, not only do we get to play against some of the best teams in the nation, I also get to practice against some of the best players in the nation everyday. It’s also nice having players who have gone to the next level who I can keep in touch with to learn more about college football, and they actually even say that what we do right now will prepare me for the next level very well.”
Having experience like this has Taylor focusing on getting better. He knows his work is not finished as he heads into his season with the Gaels, Taylor will be “hitting the weight room hard to get bigger, stronger, and faster but more importantly, I’m going to continue the path to mastering my technique. Since we will be a very young team, and as a senior, I would love to utilize my leadership skills to help drive the team!”
Taylor said that IU offensive line coach Darren Hiller was recently out in Vegas at practice and had a “great talk” on the phone afterward. Taylor does not have a timeline on when he will decide on a school, but he wants “to learn as much as possible about all of the opportunities that I have. It’s a crazy but exciting time right now talking with coaches and schools but I want to make sure to make the right decision for me and my future. Indiana, being close to family and being in the big 10 is a huge honor and an opportunity I intend to learn more about. They (IU) are definitely high on my list!”
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