BREAKING: Cougs add safety to 2013 class

BREAKING: Cougs add safety to 2013 class

FOR A TIME it looked like the 6-3, 205-pound JUCO safety would come out in the class of 2014 after injuring his knee last season. But as of this weekend, he's officially bringing that skill set to Washington State -- and he tells CF.C his rehab went so well that his arrival to the Palouse will be sooner rather than later.

L.A. Pierce Junior College safety Paris Taylor is a Coug.

"I officially signed my (financial aid papers) with Washington State yesterday," an excited Taylor told CF.C. "I'll be joining the class of 2013 and I'll be there this summer. I can't wait."

The process for Taylor to become a part of the Cougar family didn't take long. He was offered on Thursday by inside linebackers coach Paul Volero and signed his letter of intent the following day.

In addition to WSU, Taylor had offers from Fresno State, New Mexico and UNLV. Last year, before his injury in Week 7 and when it looked like he would sign with a school in February as part of the 2013 class, he had offers from Arizona State, Wyoming, Kentucky, New Mexico, Texas State and others.

"It's just a great level of football and the Pac-12 is a great conference," Taylor said of joining WSU. "I really like Coach Leach and his entire staff. They're a great group of guys. On top of that, education is big for me and WSU has one of the top communication schools in the country. I'm going to study sports broadcasting and they have a great program for that."

ORIGINALLY OUT OF Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Fla., Taylor was a full qualifier out of high school. He graduated from high school in 2011, then took a year off before enrolling at L.A. Pierce College this past fall.

Taylor then appeared in seven games, recording 25 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery. His lone interception came in his seventh game, on the very first play. It was also his last play of the season. While returning the ball for extra yardage, Taylor suffered a torn ACL after being tackled.

His rehab, however, has gone more than smoothly.

"It was a concern for some schools, but my rehab has gone great," Taylor said. "I'll be at 100 percent this summer and I'll be good to go for our first game against Auburn." Before his injury, Taylor clocked a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and was known for flying all over the gridiron to make plays.

"In my talks with the coaches, they said they liked my range and how I move to the ball," Taylor said. "Coming off that ACL injury, it was tough, but I know I can bring my physicality to Washington State. I can cover in space and I know I'll be able to make plays for them."

Taylor said he will have four years to play three at Washington State.

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