The Ohio Bobcats have some major momentum going not only on the basketball floor but on the recruiting trail as well. The Bobcats made a run in the tournament behind their strong guard play, and now they landed another talented backcourt player in Stevie Taylor.
There have been some impressive guards to run through the Mid-American Conference recently, and now Ohio University is stockpiling what appears to be a very impressive backcourt. The latest impressive floor general to pull the trigger was Taylor.
"I think he really liked the campus," said Stevie's father Rob Taylor on his son's decision. "It is a small college town, and a real campus feel. John Groce and his staff did an excellent job of recruiting Stevie. John Groce as a head coach saw Stevie more than any coach recruiting him."
In the end the fact that the Bobcats are in a position to win right away played a huge rule in Taylor's decision to stay close to home and commit to the program.
"They are going to win," Rob Taylor said of Ohio U. "John Groce has turned that program around. He got a MAC Championship, got to the tournament, and beat Georgetown. We just felt it was a good fit at OU, and it was comfortable for us."
The decision to attend Ohio wasn't an easy one for Taylor and the family. In the end the Bobcats were seriously challenged by the Toledo Rockets for his services, but comfort with the campus won out despite an excellent job by the new staff in Toledo.
"It really came down to Ohio and Toledo," said Taylor. "Toledo offered early playing time and great facilities with a nice campus, but you have to be comfortable with things other than basketball, and I think he was just more comfortable at Ohio University a little bit more even though he could have gotten more immediate minutes at Toledo."
After bringing in some talented guards in the 2010 class, Taylor knows minutes won't be easy, but his father says that he is ready for the challenge.
"There are a lot of guards, so Stevie knows he will have to work hard to earn minutes, but the comfort level with the coaching staff was the difference," said Rob Taylor.
Taylor is the first commitment for the Bobcats in the 2011 class.