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High School Prospect Standout: From Silsbee to Prairie View A&M

From Silsbee to Prairie View A&M by Justin Kelm

Silsbee Tigers Senior Running Back Drayln Taylor made a name for himself during his time in High School. During his senior campaign Taylor made explosive plays. While playing against Giddings in the 2019 U.I.L. State playoffs, Taylor made plays both on offense and defense. Scoring three by ground and adding two interceptions, you can say Taylor has a knack for the game of football.

With friends and family, Taylor signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and football career at Prairie View A&M University.

Taylor was a All State player during his junior and senior year. As a Senior he rushed for 1,400 yards on the ground. During his junior year he rushed for 1,271 yards and as a sophomore he rushed for 998 yards. For his career Taylor had 487 carries for 3,669 yards and 43 total rushing touchdowns. Taylor was committed to his academics just as much as he is to his athletic career.

Silsbee head coach Randy Smith conformed this by stating “One thing that sets him apart from the competition is what he has done in the classroom.” Taylor thanked everyone for coming and was candid when I asked him about why he chose Prairie View A&M. Taylor said he chose to be a Panther because the University has a great Chemical Engineering program.

He also said that the Panthers can give him a opportunity to play in the NFL on Sunday’s “I would love to play in the NFL if it’s meant to be.” With Taylor, the Panthers get a great student athlete who will look to make a name for himself in the Southwestern Athletic Conference “SWAC.” When asked about the conference Taylor told me that he wanted to contribute in every way possible and make Tiger Nation proud.

Prairie View A&M will open the 2020 season at home at Panther Stadium in Prairie View, Texas, against the Texas Southern Tigers in the Labor Day Classic on Sept. 5. Arch-rival Texas Southern also represents Prairie View A&M’s first Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) contest of the season.

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