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The fax is in! LB Willie Taylor III signs with WSU

Roy Manning travelled all the way to Georgia to reel in this speedy linebacker.

Just a little over a week since giving his verbal to linebackers coach Roy Manning, Willie Taylor III is officially a Washington State Cougar after signing his national letter of intent.

Taylor III, who hails from Cochran, Georgia, committed to the Cougars during his in-home visit with Manning last Tuesday. He posted his commitment to his Instagram account and it is believed that Taylor III has yet to take an official visit to Pullman.

Taylor III rotated between safety and outside linebacker at Bleckley County High School where he tallied 86 tackles, two forced fumbles, and five interceptions during his senior season of high school.

Due to the vast variety of talent in the southeast, Taylor III has been overlooked during recruiting as he’s held offers from Georgia State and smaller schools like Stetson and Mercer. In fact, only 247Sports and Scout have recruiting profiles for Taylor III and they both list him as a two-star prospect.

Taylor III joins a Fa’avae Fa’avae and Cole Dubots as the three linebackers the Cougars are expecting letters of intent from today.

Scouting Report

Taylor is one of the more versatile athletes in this class. Played a lot of safety, has incredible closing speed coming downhill to the flats. Hard hitter. Ran the wildcat for their offense where he’s a little bit of a ‘bull in a China shop’, fast and aggressive in everything he does on the field. Also served as a deep threat receiver. Good hands and ball skills. Defensively, Taylor plays angles on the field well for the most part and has speed to make up for mistakes. Minimal weight gain would make him an ideal linebacker. Slightly flat-footed in coverage but that was because he could rely on his speed.

- Brian Anderson


Rivals - N/A

Scout - ★★

247 Sports - ★★


Measurables (Rivals)

Position - OLB

Hometown - Cochran, Ga.

Height - 6-foot-3

Weight - 210 pounds