Aaron Taylor originally committed to Toledo back in mid-October. The 6-0, 192 pound safety took his official visit on the weekend of October 22nd and he was happy with his decision to be a Rocket.
Then on December 9th Tim Beckman left his job as the head coach at Toledo to become the next head coach at Illinois.
One of the main reasons for Taylor's commitment to Toledo in October was because of Tim Beckman. The news put Taylor into panic mode. With others from Ball State, Gardner-Webb, Georgia State, Ohio University, Toledo and Western Carolina in hand, Taylor began to look around again. He considered Ball State, Ohio University and Georgia State for a moment. But only for a moment.
Aaron would soon learn that Toledo offensive coordinator Matt Campbell would be named head coach of the Rocket football program, and most of the staff would stay at Toledo with Campbell.
"I'm sticking with Toledo because the coaching staff stayed," Taylor said of his college future. He added, "I was panicking for a second (when Beckman was hired at Illinois)."
The Lawrenceville, Georgia native had been recruited to Toledo by Paul Nichols and Louis Ayeni. Ayeni was offered a spot on Illinois' staff by Tim Beckman, but he turned down the opportunity to stay at Toledo, along with Nichols.
That was enough to convince Taylor that Toledo was still the right place for him. It also helps that Toledo has a nice business school, which is the area of education that Taylor plans on pursuing in college.
Taylor has pretty good speed, recently clocked at 4.5 in the forty yard dash. He is being recruited to Toledo to play the star position, a linebacker/safety hybrid.
As for stats during his senior season of high school, the answer is not very clear. He recorded around 100 tackles and forced a couple of fumbles, but he is not sure of the exact numbers because he does not worry about his individual accolades. "I don't really worry about my individual stats and just try to be a team player," Taylor explained.
Aaron Taylor is expected to sign his national letter of intent with Toledo on Wednesday, February 1st. That is the first day that high school seniors can sign with Division I schools.