Teachers started emphasizing to him that without the proper work in the classroom, his athletic abilities probably wouldn't help him much.
His mom, Tiffany Taylor, and grandmother, Doretha Taylor, reinforced that point.
“They stressed that without grades, you wouldn't be anything,” Taylor said. “My mom and grandma, they're really hard on grades. It's just the way I was raised and what I've learned from other people.”
Taylor's junior season was cut short last year after he suffered a broken ankle in East Central's opener against Stillwater. He'd returned an interception nearly 70 yards for a touchdown earlier in the game.
That's given Taylor drive to end his high school career on a positive note. Having his college decision behind him should help.
“I know where I'm going,” Taylor said. “I really don't have to worry about that. All I've got to focus on is my senior year. I've got it all figured out.”
Klinck, who was a football standout at Jenks who signed with Oklahoma, knows what the recruiting process is like.
Klinck didn't make his decision until well into his senior season.
“It's been a load off his mind,” Klinck said. “It can be a stressful thing to go through and to have it behind you is a big weight lifted.
“He won't even talk about college now, it's all about, ‘Hey, I want to win state.'”
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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.