Speed is something that can not be taught. You are born with it. Of course you can train to improve your current times but that does not measure up to those that have the natural ability to just flat out go. O’Dea RB/DB Tatum Taylor (5-10, 160) is a prime example of why speed kills.
The junior speedster helped lead Seattle’s O’Dea High School to the state championship game and a 13-1 record in 2011. Even while splitting carries with Wyoming bound Jayshawn Jordan, he was able to earn Offensive MVP in the Metro Mountain conference. Taylor is also a very skilled DB, earning 2nd All-League honors at the position.
Taylor is also one of the top track athletes in the Northwest. Last season as a sophomore, Taylor ran a career best 10.68 (100m) and a 21.82 (200m). At the Washington State Track Championships he placed in the top 3 in both events. There is a difference between football speed and track speed. A lot of times your fastest track athletes can not convert to the game of football. That is not the case with Tatum Taylor. After watching his film, I was blown away with his ability to elude defenders at the 1st level and then turn on the jets in the open field. A lot of these runs he goes completely untouched.
Taylor projects best as a WR at the next level because of his size. His stock will only rise over the next few months as colleges get a chance to look at his tape. Tatum Taylor finished with over 1,000 yards and 20+TD’s.