I would hope that any high school junior who is listed at 6’7-285 and can run a basketball court would be considered a recruitable football player om any level. Such is the case for Elyria Catholic’s Branson Taylor.
Watched Branson play hoops last night. All 6’7-285. Can run the court. Really like his footwork in the paint. Played mostly zone, but he was a force inside, Moves his feet. Plays smart. Also saw some nastiness in him. But he plays under control and within himself. So much for his basketball.
Actually, a little speed bump early for him, because of his height, local experts were pushing him toward a basketball career. AAU and all. With an early 6 offers, he is leaning toward forward. In fact, football will be his ticket. Heard scuttlebutt – no more AAU basketball.
Branson did not play football his sophomore year. Went through bad times his freshman year. Grades suffered. Last year he killed school. Received some honors recognition. He got a late start in all areas, but is making up for lost time quickly. Carries a 2.7 GPA and will take the ACT test in March. Told me that he wants to study in the area of Criminal Justice. Of course, the NFL is the dream job.
Raw talent on the football field. Remember 6’7-285. Like his pass blocking technique. Feet are solid. Has the ability to mirror a defender. Needs to work on bending his knees. Bends, but just has to get better at it. Good balance. Needs to improve run-blocking. Needs to get quicker off the ball. Needs to play lower- more pad under pad. Blocks on 2nd level. Everything is improvable.
Watching his HUDL Hi-lites, he plays on the 2nd level on the KO receiving team. Actually returned some kickoff for some good gains. Good hands. Once he gets moving, he is a horse. Really like his athleticism.
Last summer, Branson played AAU all summer. The Elyria Catholic football coaches only had him for three weeks to get ready for football. This year – all spring and all summer. The benefits should be huge. The best is that he loves football. Competes hard at 6’7-285!
With early offers from Cincinnati and Iowa State, schools are taking notice. Also has some MAC offers. Good camp efforts will add more schools.
After talking with Branson for just a few minutes, he gets it. He gets the classroom and football. Also believe he gets it as a young man. He gets it at 6’7-285.
Branson Taylor will be one of the top MSR offensive linemen in the Ohio Class of 2020.