Zane Taylor, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive lineman from Grand County High in Moab, Utah has committed to playing for the Utes in 2006. "I committed at the Red and White game," said Taylor. "That day was actually my birthday."
Utah continues their onslaught of in-state recruiting by snagging Taylor this early in the recruiting year. "I'm really proud to say that I'm going to be a Ute," said Taylor when asked about his opinion of the school up in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. "Everyone in Moab is pretty much a Utah fan so when you got a whole town supporting you to go to Utah, it's just the dream place to go for anyone here in Moab." When asked about how firm his commitment is Taylor responded, "It's solid. I don't even read letters from other colleges and universities. It's 100 percent." So far Taylor has received offers from Utah, BYU and recruiting letters from Cal and Arizona State.
With Utah retaining the same style of defense they used last year Taylor feels like he will be able to step in right away and be an effective player. "I'm pretty big, fast and agile, so I've got the size and I've got the quickness and that really gives me an edge over those guys who've got the size but not the quickness," said Taylor.
Football camp in June was a prime opportunity for the Utes to take their new recruit for a test-drive. When asked how he thought he performed at camp Taylor said, "I think I performed well. I learned a lot from the coaches." At this stage in his high school career Taylor feels like he can just "plow through guys," but knows that when he gets to college he won't be able to do that anymore. "Probably more technique," said Taylor when asked which parts of his game need the most improvement.
Zane Taylor fits the build for a typical Ute defensive lineman. With his 4.9 second forty-yard dash time, 365-pound bench max and 520-pound squat max he hopes he can be an effective player early in his career.
In addition to his football smarts Taylor is pretty adept in the classroom. With a grade point average of 3.5 Taylor possesses the intellectual advantage that some players lack. One thing that will set Taylor apart from many other recruits is his desire to listen to coaching. "Putting together the kind of program they have, they know what to do so I'm not going to be arrogant and do my own thing. So I'm just going to keep working hard and let them show me the way."