Prized hoops recruit selects Vanderbilt

Monday, April 21, 2008 at 12:11pm

Jeff Taylor, a standout basketball prospect from Hobbs [N.M.] High, committed to Vanderbilt on Sunday and plans to sign a letter-of-intent later this week, he told The City Paper on Monday.

Taylor, a 6-foot-7 forward ranked among the nation's top 150 prospects by ESPN, picked the Commodores over Texas. He averaged more than 30 points per game while leading his school to the 5A state championship this spring.

"I liked the way Texas did things, too, but in the end Vanderbilt just felt like the right place to go," Taylor said. "I went where my heart was telling me to go."

Taylor will join forwards Lance Goulbourne of Princeton, N.J., and Steve Tchiengang of Montverde, Fla., in Vanderbilt's incoming recruiting class this fall. VU is also still recruiting guard Brad Tinsley of Oregon City, Ore., who visited campus two weekends ago.

Taylor figures to play immediately next season for Vanderbilt at a wing position.

"I'm somebody who can score a bunch of points," he said. "I try to make my teammates better and like to pass the ball. If I go there, play hard and do what I can do, there will be a big opportunity for playing time."

Check Tuesday's print and online edition of The City Paper for more on Taylor and Vanderbilt's 2008 recruiting class.

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By: JC on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Stallings is not simply reloading, he's bringing in even better talent. Look out.

By: VanDSIRROM on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Great news. Good choice by Mr. Taylor. I expect he & Vanderbilt will accomplish some major 'milestones' in the next 4 years.Now, if Mr. Tinsley will follow Taylor's lead, we'll have a top point guard as well.Kadoos to Coach Stallings for a job well done. Back to the sweet16 in '08-'09 and to the final4 in '09-'10.GO DORES!!!!

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

This pic of him reminds me of the guy who played for Florida and is now in the NBA, never can remember his name, much less spell it. Sure hope he plays like him. WTG, coach Stallings!

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Thank you hibbler, I knew he was a lot bigger, I guess it is the face resemblance.

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I understand that Memphis tried hard to recruit this boy until they found out he could shoot free throws. They immediately backed off.