ENID – If this whole coaching thing doesn't pan out, Trooper Taylor just might have a future in dinner theater. Oklahoma State's new co-offensive coordinator was the featured speaker Monday evening in Enid at the third of five Cowboy Caravans to take place this month. Well before the athletic department's official program started, Taylor was going table to table warming up his own crowd. Shaking hands and stopping to chat as though he was on the political trail, Taylor even chased after a toddler at one point, hollering, "That's my future running back!” With a microphone in hand, Taylor showed that he is part preacher and part coach. "I don't apologize for being a Christian,” Taylor declared by way of explaining why he is regarded as a top-flight recruiter. "People talk about me being a recruiter and how I relate to kids, and like I tell the parents, I'm a Christian that does have some flaws, but I always treat (recruits) like I would want my sons treated.” Taylor joined OSU's staff in the spring after a stint at Tennessee. For many OSU fans, Monday night was a chance to put Taylor's face — usually photographed on the sidelines in a backward baseball hat — to his name in person. "He was fantastic,” said Robert Conner, who has been a season ticket holder since 1970. "Motivating and a good, straight-shooting feller. I appreciate his candor and not being afraid to tell everyone he's a Christian.” Most of Taylor's spirited, 20-minute talk was centered around his family. The 10th of 16 children, Taylor joked to the 375 people in attendance that "when we ate dinner it looked something like this, too.” Taylor explained to the crowd that his trademark backward hat is a tribute to his father, who wore a backwards baseball cap underneath his hardhat when he went to work. Taylor's father died of a heart attack at age 41 while walking from his first job to his second job. "One of the things he always told us was that the decisions you make today affect he way you live the next day,” Taylor said. "The true judgment of a man's character is what he does when he thinks no one's watching. When you think about people in your life, how many people do you know say what they mean and mean what they say? Now take family out of that.” Taylor said he strives to be one of those rare, trustworthy people for his players. "I used to tease my players and say, ‘If I tell you tomorrow's Thanksgiving, you can buy a turkey,' ” he said. Fan Lisa Donaldson of Hennessey said she attended the caravan "to support the alumni and coaches and get excited for the upcoming football season.” So how did Taylor do getting her fired up for the fall? "He was fantastic,” she said. "Absolutely wonderful. We're all ready now.” The Cowboy Caravan has two remaining stops, one in Tulsa on July 24 and the finale in Oklahoma City on July 29.