For most of his football career, Blaise Taylor has been a playmaker as a receiver on offense and kick returner on special teams.
But he’s planning to help out at cornerback as a junior at Auburn (Ala.) High. And to prepare for the transition and possibly is future college position, Taylor worked as a cornerback at Sunday’s Auburn camp.
Taylor, 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, definitely impressed. He put up good numbers in testing with a 3.93 shuttle and a 32-inch vertical, and excelled in 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 drills.
“It went real well. I came in here and got to compete,” Taylor said. “In 7-on-7 we had the Auburn High bunch because we had Antreal (Allen) on the other corner and Rashaan (Evans) was playing linebacker. It was real good to come out here and compete with some of my teammates and friends.”
Taylor, who is a 2014 prospect, recently picked up his first two offers from Arkansas State and Memphis.
“It was pretty exciting when they told me they were offering,” he said. “That was good news to hear just to know your hard work is paying off.”
More offers could be on the way. Georgia Tech recently invited him back for a visit after he camped there last week. He’s also planning to camp at Stanford June 18 and return to Auburn for a second camp July 14.
Antreal Allen also excelled at Auburn’s camp and recently picked up an Arkansas State offer after he and Taylor camped there a couple of weeks ago.
“I was shocked. I didn’t think it would come this early,” Allen said of his first offer. “I like Arkansas State. It’s a great place. On and off campus, I really like it.”
Like Taylor, Allen attended most of Auburn’s home games last season.
“It feels just like home,” Allen said. “I come up here all the time. I’ve got a great relationship with the whole coaching staff. It feels like family.”