OU football: Tulsa East Central's Stanvon Taylor takes care of business on and off the field
SUPER 30 — Tulsa East Central's Stanvon Taylor, who committed to OU in May, is a dream to coach, according to Bobby Klinck. Taylor says he's learned from seeing the mistakes of other talented players who didn't make it to the Division I level.
TULSA — Tulsa East Central has had plenty of talent on its roster the past few years.
The Cardinals have had a handful of All-State players and had plenty of guys who were recruited to play Division I football.
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The Oklahoman's Super 30 feature series on the state's top football recruits continues with No. 2, Vian offensive lineman Rob Boyd. Here are the last three players we've written about in the series:
No. 5: Dalton Rodriguez, Tulsa Union
No. 4: Brayden Scott, Sequoyah-Tahlequah
No. 3: Rob Boyd, Vian
Up next: We've reached the end of the Super 30 recruiting rankings, and there isn't much mystery left, though the No. 1 player has been in the news lately with a pending school change. Read about him in Sunday's Oklahoman.
No. 2: Stanvon Taylor
School: Tulsa East Central
Recruited by: Committed to Oklahoma. Also has offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Houston, Indiana, Kansas State, Ole Miss and Tulsa among others.
Stanvon Taylor, the latest of those high-profile players to come through East Central, sees cautionary tales all around.
“I saw some of these guys that I thought were really good that didn't make it to the D-1 level,” Taylor said. “I just learned from their mistakes to make myself better.”
Taylor has made himself better, both on the field and off, becoming the Cardinals' highest profile recruit in some time.
He committed to Oklahoma in May and is No. 2 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top recruits.
The biggest lessons Taylor took away?
“Mainly grades,” he said. “Grades are a big deal and working hard and having a good attitude about things. A lot of kids, they don't work hard and their attitude messes them up.”
Taylor also gives first-year East Central coach Bobby Klinck an example to point to when he's motivating his players.
“It's one thing to have the talent,” Klinck said. “It's another thing to have the drive to get through certain circumstances to get to where he is right now.”
That was an important piece for Klinck to have when he arrived at East Central as the program's third coach in a matter of months.
Klinck knew about Taylor the football player but didn't know much about him away from that until he arrived.
“He's really just a coaches' dream,” Klinck said.
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