It really wasn't a close race for T.J. Taylor. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard from Denison (Texas) High School has had his a eye on a particular Big 12 school, and now he is committed to them.
Taylor also considered Arizona State and Marquette, but from the start to the finish of his recruitment it has been all Oklahoma.
"I've been up to Oklahoma to watch them practice, and I like the way they do things," said Taylor. "Coach Capel was a great player at Duke and was a 6-foot-3 guard like me. He knows what it takes to be a pro, and he can develop me."
Taylor is the first commitment in the 2010 class for the Sooners after a highly successful 2008-2009 campaign. With Willie Warren likely in the NBA by the time Taylor arrives at Norman, Taylor will have the opportunity to play a similar role as Warren has played for Oklahoma.
"I see myself playing the role off a playmaker," he said. "I can score when I need to, and I also like to pass the basketball."
Taylor didn't make the trip this past weekend to the Real Deal in the Rock because of sore knees, but in the future he will run with Team Texas on the travel circuit.
Taylor's former travel team coach Jason Ross of Full Court Athletes had these comments on Taylor last fall.
"He has great size, incredible court vision and deep three-point range," said Ross. "Those are the three things that set him apart. He is a true combo guard, but at the next level his size makes it more likely that he'll defend the two guard."