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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.
by Ryan Aber Published: July 20, 2012
/articleid/3694069/1/pictures/1778849">Photo - East Central football player Stanvon Taylor poses for a portrait Feb. 7, 2012. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World
East Central football player Stanvon Taylor poses for a portrait Feb. 7, 2012. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World

Taylor first started thinking about being a college athlete when he was in middle school.

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.'”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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The Oklahoman's Super 30

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

Height: 5-11

Weight: 165

Position: Cornerback

Recruited by: Committed to Oklahoma. Also has offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Houston, Indiana, Kansas State, Ole Miss and Tulsa among others.


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