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'05 SC WR Rendrick Taylor (Clemson signee)

Discussion in 'College Football' started by Buckskin86, Feb 22, 2004.

  1. sgabuck

    sgabuck Newbie


    I know you said you were a sports writer in S. Carolina and probably talked to the coaching staff...but check out They still seem to believe they are the leader for Rendrick.

    I think the chances of OSU landing him are slim to none.
  2. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Actually bro, you are confusing me with PalmettoBuck. I coach HS football in SC and as I've relayed to Skins and Nutty, one of our staff members, and a great friend, has joined Marlboro County's staff. He and Rendrick hit it off immediately. I have been intrigued by weightroom tales...315 lb power clean!!...and have seen the kid's highlight guys will be impressed with the hits when Insiders or Rivals finally posts them. We will be in the same passing league this summer so I have already told him I would be mentioning tOSU when I meet Rendrick. My friend is a lifelong Gamecock fan, so that did not go over well.
  3. sgabuck

    sgabuck Newbie

    I got you and Palmetto mixed up, but I knew you had some connections down there though. So, do you think he's SC's to lose or Clemson's? Or is it a two-horse race between them? The front page on CUtigers has an article and the headline is "Clemson still leads for Taylor", it was just put up there today.

    Hopefully you can work some magic when you talk to him and convince him to at least come up to Columbus for an official visit.
  4. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Well Clemson has the receiver connection running in SC right now but USC has Rendrick;s fromer teammate Syvelle Newton on board. Newton saw plenty of action last year as a WR but he got a shot at QB this spring. All I can really tell you about the recruiting is what my guy tells me...and he is biased for the Gamecocks. As evidenced in the past, its hard to get these SEC kids to come north. I know FSU is a strong contender in his mind also...another kid from the area, Lawrence Timmons, signed there this year so he will be pulled in all directions. I really don't see him leaving the south.
  5. daddyphatsacs

    daddyphatsacs Let the cards fall...

    I think that he is a huge long shot. His athletism is very impressive, I bet he will play safety in college.
  6. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

  7. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

    Taylor names top 3

  8. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    I met Rendrick tonight at our first passing league...the kid is impressive. I only got to speak to for a minute while I was BSing with my buddy who is on the Marlboro staff now. The kid was extremely courteous, answering everything with "yes sir" and "no sir." The pictures don't do his size and muscle tone justice...he is a physical speciman. I managed a quick mention of tOSU but he was pretty high on Florida State. We will be competing in the same league all throughout June, so hopefully I can someone to snag some action shots with the digital cam to post. He tweaked his ankle on our second offensive series and the staff took the customary precautions with their stud by sitting him out...after he caught one nice TD on my secondary.
  9. Buckskin86

    Buckskin86 Moderator

  10. LordJeffBuck

    LordJeffBuck Illuminatus Emeritus Staff Member Tech Admin Bookie

    No surprise there.
  11. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Old thread, but worth the picture (found on BN from the Clemson board)

  12. HabaneroBuck

    HabaneroBuck Non-Nike Design

    I ain't writing that....I changed my mind. I just want to mention that it's interesting that WR's used to look like Art Monk and Cliff Branch and now they all try to look like TO. Different approaches to training these days, for sure.
    Last edited: Aug 13, 2005
  13. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member



    The adventures of J-Back

    Rendrick Taylor’s talents are unique, so the Tigers created a position that will have him lined up all over the field


    CLEMSON — By day, Rendrick Taylor walks on the scenic campus of Clemson University unencumbered among the student body, dressed in civilian clothing.
    But on the football field, he is Rendrick Taylor, SuperBack.
    Well, “J-Back,” anyway — that is the name Tigers offensive coordinator/mad scientist Rob Spence came up with for his latest creation. A hybridization of four positions, the J-Back was tailored to Taylor.
    “He’s such a freak athlete. It’s exciting,” said receivers coach Dabo Swinney, who has been charged with preparing Taylor for his new gig but in the process apparently lost control of his ability to avoid run-on sentences. “He’s a nightmare to match up with because he’s quick and he’s explosive and he can run and he can catch the ball and he’s long and he’s got ball skills, got instincts and he’s smart, so he can be as good as he wants to be.”
    Taylor, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound sophomore who boasts sub-4.5 speed in the 40 and nearly a 40-inch vertical leap, said he was enthused about the new position when approached by the coaching staff before spring football. As the J-Back, Taylor can be lined up at any of the receiver positions as well as tight end, halfback or fullback.
    The goal is to create confusion and mismatches for defenses. Taylor is faster than most linebackers and stronger than most defensive backs, and the Tigers coaching staff expects him to take advantage of his ability to run after the catch. Despite being limited by a broken wrist for much of last season, Taylor was second on the team in yards after catch (6.9 per reception).
    As new as the position is to Clemson fans, being a “slash” type of player is not new to Taylor. At Marlboro County, he was listed as a wide receiver but routinely played linebacker, running back and, at times, quarterback. As a senior, he rushed for more than 1,000 yards, an ability Clemson intends to harness for the purpose of an occasional reverse out of the J-Back position.
    “I like the J-Back a whole lot. They thought it would be a great position for me, and I was down for it,” Taylor said. “I’m excited about it. I’m out there working hard at it, and it’s a way for me to get the ball and get on the field more.”
    There are a few issues to work out, such as when and where — and in what position — Taylor should be during certain situations. For example, at 225 pounds, he is not a proto-typical tight end, so lining up there on a running play could get hairy if he is kept in to block and finds himself toe-to-toe with a 300-pound defensive lineman.
    But “blocking is very easy because in high school I did a whole lot of blocking,” Taylor said. “And here, they teach you more techniques and show you how to pinpoint your player.”
    Swinney said Spence has yet to reveal his complete scheme for Taylor, choosing instead to implement his master plan piece by piece to see what works.
    Swinney said there have been critics who have slammed Clemson for its use of Taylor. In fact, it’s possible some of those critics were inside the coaching offices, because there was a time, according to coach Tommy Bowden, when the Tigers mulled putting Taylor on defense because of his size and strength.
    “That talk never came close to me. It was never seriously discussed on my end,” Swinney said. “I can assure you that he’s a guy who could be special over there. But there aren’t many linebackers that could go be a wideout like he can.”
    Sit back a spell, because Swinney is just getting warmed up. Take it home, coach:
    “Hey, there’s nothing wrong with a 226-pound wideout that can run 4.5 and jump 40 inches and throw his body around. I don’t know when that became a crime,” Swinney said, arms flying, eyes bulging. “He’s really fun to have. It’s kind of unique because it’s, like, ‘Whoa.’
    “He’s the zebra. We’ve got a bunch of horses at receiver and he’s got stripes on him. He just stands out, just stands out. He can run like the rest of them, he just don’t look like them,” Swinney continued. “He’s definitely a unique guy. He can be the first Rendrick Taylor.”
    Look for Taylor starring in “The Adventures of J-Back” on Saturdays this fall at a football stadium near you.
    Reach Obley at (803) 771-8473.
  14. osugrad21

    osugrad21 Capo Regime Staff Member

    Anyone remember this kid? He is an absolute BEAST now. The Clemson DBs will not hit him in practice...


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