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OSU football recruiting: Glenn Spencer's loyalty enough to convince linebacker Vincent Taylor to commit to Cowboys

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: February 5, 2013
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Glenn Spencer kept his promise.

While scouting Oklahoma State linebacker Kris Catlin during a spring practice at San Antonio (Texas) Madison High School three years ago, the Cowboy assistant also noticed a young Vincent Taylor.

“When your son becomes a senior, I'm gonna come get him,” Spencer told Taylor's father.

“He stuck with his word. He came back and got me.”

That loyalty made it easy for Taylor, a three-star defensive tackle, to commit to OSU last May and stick with his pledge throughout the recruiting process.

“They've been at it a long time,” Taylor said. “So when I get up there, I imagine how they're going to treat me. They're going to treat me like I'm one of their kids.

“I decided OSU was the perfect school for me.”

Taylor adds depth to a position that saw dramatic improvement in 2012. The Cowboys return both starters — headlined Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year Calvin Barnett — and both backups in 2013, but Taylor could push for an early spot in the rotation.

“I like use a lot of moves, get after the quarterback,” Taylor said. “I like to mainly just stay in my holes — that's the purpose of defense — and just make plays.”