March 5, 2012

Florida wideout discusses college options

Marshall is one of seven schools that have offered a scholarship to Dionte Taylor, a 6-foot, 170-pound wide receiver from University School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The others are Boston College, Bowling Green, Clemson, Duke, Eastern Michigan and Miami (Ohio). In-state schools Florida, Florida State, Miami and South Florida also are keeping an eye on him.

The Thundering Herd has an advantage over its competitors. Taylor's former quarterback, Gunnar Holcombe, signed with the Conference USA program in February.

"It's always something to consider when you have a teammate or friend somewhere," he said.

Boston College appears to be the early leader for Taylor, although he is keeping his options open.

"The recruiting process is going all right," said Taylor, who bench presses 185 pounds and power cleans 225 pounds. "Everything is just progressing along."

Taylor wants to make his decision before his senior season because he plans to graduate from high school in December and enroll at college in January so he can participate in spring practice next year.

"I predict it will be during the summer," said Taylor, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.79 seconds. "I'm going to collect all of the information I can and make my decision based on the best fit for me."

Taylor, whose lead recruiter for the Thundering Herd is recruiting coordinator and running backs coach JaJuan Seider, plans to participate in a Badger Sports seven-on-seven tournament in March and a Nike combine in April. He has not decided which college camps he will attend during the summer.

Asked to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses, Taylor said: "My strengths are my route running and my deceptive speed. I'm a crisp route runner. I can go deep. I can get the job done underneath. I feel like I'm a complete package. I'm running track (the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the 400-meter relay) to learn how to run properly instead of just using pure athleticism."

Asked to describe himself on and off the field, Taylor said: "I just try to take advantage of what the game has given me. I try to soak up all the knowledge around me and apply it to my life and make the best of it."

One of his favorite hobbies is playing the piano. He has not picked a college major, but he is considering health sciences or marketing.

Jacob Messer is the managing editor for He can be reached by e-mail at [email protected] All comments and feedback are welcome.

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