Paris Taylor is a Junior College transfer that is going to help Washington State out a ton in the secondary these next few years. The 6-3, 210-pound safety was offered by the Cougars on Thursday and committed on Friday for this upcoming season.
Taylor is coming off of a torn ACL which he suffered in his seventh game last season when playing for L.A. Pierce. Taylor was returning an interception when he was injured. In his first and only season at Pierce, Taylor recorded 25 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 interception.
The safety is a perfect fit for Washington State’s 3-4 defense and brings in a very physical style of play which is something that the cougars have been lacking in past seasons in the secondary. When watching Taylor’s film the first thing I noticed was how physical he was. Taylor has the type of attitude that he will step up and lower his shoulder and lay a big hit no matter the size of the player. When chasing down the running back Taylor has the speed and the agility to keep up with him and attack.
Taylor is also able to defend the pass just as well. When the QB drops back Taylor watches his eyes and attacks where the ball is going. In a zone defense Taylor is able to keep up and guard the WR just as well as the corner is.
Washington State has 6 safeties on the roster right now with two seniors and a junior. The 2013 class already has two safeties signed for this year. Size wise Taylor is already taller than all 6 on the roster and is the same weight and size as Isaac Dotson, one of the 2013 additions.
Besides Washington State Taylor was looking at Auburn, Arizona State, Wyoming, New Mexico among others.
Below you will find Taylor’s Hudl page.