Name: DEMON TAYLOR
School: Soldan Int. Studies High School – St. Louis, MO (Coach Jarrett Kendall)
Vitals: NG (#76). 6’4″ – 280.
Offers: Indiana State, Northern Iowa, SIU, New Mexico
When watching Demon Taylor (pronounced Deh-MAHN) on tape it is clear to us that he is a good athlete, first and foremost. He moves his feet well and is very active for a defensive tackle. He uses his hands well to separate at times but will need to improve on that. Taylor utilizes the swim-move very well, further illustrating his abilities. One thing we love about Taylor is his hustle and pursuit down the line. He always appears to be on the move, moving his feet to catch up to the ball.
Taylor could easily play offensive tackle for UND, as he was pretty good at that also. However, we see him moving to the defensive side of the ball where UND needs the most help. Every player who is a “tweener” should be moved to defense over the next few years, in our opinion.
Taylor will need to work on staying low off the ball. He tends to stand up then punch. All of this starts with getting into a more athletic stance before the snap. If he can stay low and engage the offensive lineman with forward momentum he will be able to extend and use his long arms to his advantage to gain control after engagement.
Taylor was named to the St. Louis “All-American” Football team as a junior and senior, as well as being All-Conference and 2nd Team 3A All-State his senior season. During his senior season Taylor registered 45 tackles and 6 sacks.