January 4, 2013

Horns land a point guard

Even though the Longhorns are going to have a small recruiting class this year, you knew it wouldn't be long until they started to add a couple of commitments. After shifting their focus from combo guards to point guards, Texas put the full-court press on underrated point guard Isaiah Taylor of The Village (Houston). Texas wasted no time by getting the 2013 prospect on campus for its game against North Carolina, and the approach quickly paid off.

"Yes sir. I just committed," Taylor told Orangebloods.com. "I called the coaches a couple of hours ago to tell them."

Recently, the 6-2 Taylor didn't hide the fact that Texas was showing him the most attention on the recruiting front, and that he talked to not just one coach, but several UT coaches on a consistent basis. Known for his outstanding quickness on the floor and with the ball in his hands, the Longhorns got Taylor to pull the quick trigger with his commitment.

"Well, I went up for the unofficial for the UNC game, and saw the personnel," stated Texas' first commitment of the 2013 class about the current team. "I really liked it. I met with the coaching staff and really liked it too. Coach Lanier and I really had a good vibe. I had a really good vibe with the whole coaching staff. I liked the campus the facilities. They have everything for me to get better as a player and person. I'm comfortable with my decision."

Like most recruits, Taylor wanted to make sure his parents were comfortable with the decision. It sounds like the Texas coaching staff did a good job of connecting with Taylor's parents.

"My AAU coach Marland Lowe helped me a lot. My parents talked to him a lot," Taylor stated. "He kind of informed my parents with what was going on and which situation I could really progress as a player. After my parents talked to coach Lanier they felt it would be a really good fit. I'm still taking an official visit on the 18th so I can see the campus and my parents can see the campus. But after they talked to the coaches they thought it was where I could be comfortable and a good fit."

During the short recruitment, the Longhorns made it clear how much they wanted Taylor because he was the only point guard they were recruiting. And the Texas coaching staff was obviously excited, but it probably had a pretty good idea where it stood with Taylor.

"I was the only point guard they had offered," Taylor said. "They basically said they wouldn't recruit (another point guard) if I committed. They (Longhorns) weren't surprised. I actually talked to them about it last night. They kind of had an idea. I talked to coach Lanier about it before. He and my family talked I wanted to make to my mom, first and foremost, and my dad comfortable. It was kind of a surprise with my mom but she had become pretty close to coach Barnes and my dad. Coach Barnes actually just called my dad today just to talk. They were all excited."

Originally from Oakland, California, the newest Texas commitment moved to the Houston area during high school, and was relatively unknown until he switched AAU teams to join the well-known Texas Pro. Taylor is known for his outstanding quickness, play-making ability, and ability to beat defenders off-the-dribble in order to open up shots for teammates.

"I'm excited about being a Longhorn," the senior stated. "The plan is to get a national championship and get a Big 12 conference championship. I hope they're (Texas fans) excited because I know I am."

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