Columbia, S.C. — Stephon Taylor has that special something, and Will Muschamp noticed it immediately.
“You can identify some of these guys early in the process,” Muschamp said at his Signing Day press conference Wednesday. “I identified him a long time ago (as someone) that I thought was going to be a very good football player. He’s turned out that way.”
To Muschamp’s delight, Taylor, a four-star defensive tackle from New Orleans, chose South Carolina as his destination to share his talents. Louisiana’s No. 19 prospect signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday, choosing the Gamecocks over home-state LSU and 33 other teams vying for his services.
Muschamp spoke highly of all the recruits who make up South Carolina’s 26th-ranked class, but Taylor was one who certainly stood out.
“You can’t coach 6-foot-4, 300 pounds. And he’s got good feet and change of direction. He’s got good length in his arms. I think he’s got 35-, 36-inch arms,” Muschamp said. “A guy that’s got that length and that girth are hard to find.”
LSU fought hard for Taylor, offering him a scholarship almost exactly a year ago as the Tigers tried to convince him to go to school an hour-and-a-half away from his New Orleans home.
But Taylor took an official visit to South Carolina this past weekend, and whatever it was he saw, he obviously liked it.
“I’ve been recruiting Stephon for about three years — really in three different shirts,” Muschamp said. “But he’s a guy that I really feel good about.”