There always seems to be a rush of commitments following the July evaluation period as players make visits. This year has proven to be no exception and Steve Taylor is the latest to pull the trigger.
A 6-foot-8 combo forward from Chicago (Ill.) Simeon, Taylor made a verbal commitment to Buzz Williams and Marquette on Sunday.
"I just committed to Marquette," Taylor told Rivals.com. "I visited for my second time yesterday. I felt comfortable there and I feel like it's the right place for me."
Versatile and lengthy, Taylor has played both on the interior and wing during high school and with his summer team the Mac Irvin Fire. He can shoot the three, rebounds and runs the floor.
In Marquette, Taylor sees a program that plays just like his high school team.
"They fit me with their style of play and the coaches, everything," said the three-star prospect. "They play exactly like Simeon so it's really no different. I won't really have a position, I'm just a player."
Taylor also cited the relationships that he was able to build with the Marquette staff from the assistant who started recruiting him, Tony Benford, to Buzz Williams.
"Coach Benford was the main guy recruiting me, he's just like another Jeff Duncan (Simeon assistant)," said Taylor. "He and Coach Williams made me feel real comfortable about Marquette."
Currently ranked No. 122 nationally in the class of 2012, Taylor joins a class that already includes fellow ranked three-star Jamal Ferguson and three-star junior college combo guard T.J. Taylor. Now he's looking forward to focusing on a strong finish to his high school career.
"It feels great," said Taylor of the early commitment. "Now, I'm getting ready to win another state championship."