The University of Toledo football team received a nonbinding verbal commitment tonight from Aaron Taylor, a defensive back from Central Gwinnett High School in Lawrenceville, Ga.
Rated as a two-star prospect by Scout.com, Taylor (6-1, 180) is the Rockets' 15th commitment for the 2012 recruiting class. He projects as a safety in college, or possibly the star (linebacker/safety hybrid in UT's 4-2-5 base defense).
Taylor reportedly also had offers from Ball State, Georgia State and Ohio, and was getting some pretty serious interest from Georgia Tech as well. As a junior last season, Taylor recorded 91 tackles, three pass breakups, one interception and one sack.
Per NCAA rules, UT coach Tim Beckman is not permitted to comment on any incoming recruits until they sign a national letter of intent.
And since he can't say it, I will. The Rockets' coaching staff has a nice number of recruits already signed, considering we're not even halfway through October. This in turn will allow them to take some more chances and go after some higher-caliber recruits as we get closer to Signing Day, knowing they already have surefire talent in the bag.
It's also a good sign of how far this program has risen that mid-level recruits aren't waiting around for bigger offers and see enough in the Rockets to give them a solid verbal well before Signing Day.