The Sioux have received a verbal commitment from WR/Athlete Anthony Taylor of Montini High School in Lombard, IL (western suburb of Chicago). Taylor, 6′-0″-180lbs, is projected to be a WR. Taylor is the second Illinois commit for 2012 (QB Ryan Bartels). Illinois appears to be an important part of the Sioux’s recruiting emphasis this year. He chose the Sioux over an offer from South Dakota.
Taylor was one of two excellent receivers for Montini as his teammate, Jordan Westerkamp, is attending Nebraska next fall. Montini won the 5A state title in 2011, scoring 70 points in the championship game. It is safe to say that Taylor is used to winning – Montini is the three-time defending state champion and ended the 2011 season ranked #4 in all of Illinois.
Taylor appears to have very good speed and his coach attests to it in this article. He finished the 2011 season with 57 catches for 957 yards and 8 TD’s and those numbers may have been even bigger if he had not played next to a four-star receiver who had 29 TD’s. He also carried the ball a handful of times. In track, Taylor is the defending conference champion in the 100 and 200.
Taylor will definitely help out the depth at the WR position and appears to be quite versatile. We can see him not only playing receiver but also possibly returning kicks. He is the type of player you try not to pigeon hole-you just want to get him out on the field.