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Oklahoma is having a huge day on the recruiting trail. This morning elite 2019 tight end, Austin Stogner announced his commitment, now Sooners getting big news from a big-time 2018 wide receiver. 3-star (247Sports Composite) ATH, Kundarrius Taylor (Memphis, Tennessee) announces his commitment via Twitter:
— Kundarrius Taylor🎈 (@KingKt___) June 23, 2017
Oklahoma beats out Tennessee, Mississippi State, UCLA, Auburn and Missouri for Taylor’s commitment. Taylor ranks 34th at his position (athlete) and 534th overall. He becomes Oklahoma’s 12th commitment in their 2018 class that moves up to 10th nationally and 2nd in the Big 12.
Let’s start with the obvious…there may not be a more underrated prospect in 2018 than Kundarrius Taylor. Rated as a composite 3-star by 247Sports, his film suggests to me that he should be ranked much higher. Not going to guarantee his ranking jumps, but don’t be surprised if he ends up somewhere in 4-star range.
Let’s get into the film…
Speed & Balance:
At 6’3″, 200-pounds, Taylor has impressive acceleration off the line-of-scrimmage (if you’re watching the film 6:22 gives you a really good look at this). In the open field, Taylor is a fast, smooth, and surprisingly agile runner. Again, for his size he shows a lot of balance and body control running through contact and cutting through traffic. Good example: 00:26 on the film. Taylor absorbs the contact with a spin, recovers gets upfield and cuts back for what looks to be a touchdown.
One aspect you love to have in any prospect is aggressiveness. In this regard, Taylor reminds me a lot of CeeDee Lamb. He’s a guy that is going to be very active with or without the ball. He’s also going to be a guy that isn’t going to play a little chippy within the rules. See 5:57 on the film where Taylor is playing from the safety position. The quarterback slowed up getting out-of-bounds and Taylor didn’t hesitate to let him know.
With Ruffin McNeill’s comments the other day on The Franchise as to the importance of special teams, Taylor will look to fill a need at a returner. Taylor looks like a natural returner on film. He shows both great vision seeing where the gap will be and patience waiting for the blocks to develop. It’s too early to say definitively if Taylor will become one Oklahoma’s returner, but he certainly fits the mold.
Cannot understate how big of a pickup this is for Oklahoma. Kundarrius Taylor is a prospect with a lot of upside moving forward. Sure, the rankings aren’t there now but it would not be surprising to see Taylor’s name climb inside the top-300 before it’s all said and done. This was solid evaluation by the Oklahoma staff who were one of the first to offer Taylor back in January.
What does Oklahoma recruiting look like moving forward? They just filled the first wide receiver spot with Taylor’s commitment, which leaves 3 spots left. Don’t be surprised if there is only one spot left by the middle of next week. If you’re wondering who that might be, you can see our predictions here.