True Freshman | 6-4 | 208 lbs. | Giddings, Texas
- Position: Wide Receiver
- Previous College: None
- Projection: Third-String
- Status: On Scholarship
Chabastin Edward Taylor (b. Sept. 14, 1998) is the lone wide receiver signee in the class of 2017. He also had offers from Baylor, Louisiana, Louisiana Tech and North Texas, as well as interest from Houston and Texas-San Antonio.
Taylor played under coach Chris Jones for Giddings High School, where he was a two-time all-district honoree, including his senior season, when he was named Offensive MVP of District 10-4A and member of the All-Midlands Region team by PrepStar.
He hauled in 42 passes for 815 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Buffaloes in his junior and senior years, while also rushing for 945 yards on 122 carries and another 14 scores.
Taylor also played quarterback, completing 29 of 57 passes for 449 yards and four touchdowns during the final two years of his prep career.
He participated in track, earning district championships in the 4x200 relay as a junior and senior, as well as the 200-meter dash as a senior. It’s a good bet he has nice speed.
Under normal circumstances, I would project Taylor to redshirt. But the coaches have shown a propensity in recent years to eschew redshirts for quality wide receivers (Tyler Lockett, Curry Sexton, Corey Sutton, Isaiah Harris) and improve depth at the position.
Of course, that might not be so necessary if we were better at recruiting quality receivers consistently in each class (instead of just one in a given year). This issue has led to the current situation, in which there are only nine wide receivers on the roster.
Since I have to fill three spots in each of my starting, second-string and third-string projections, Taylor naturally was included in that group.
This situation, which sees walk-ons projected as high as second-string and multiple freshman in the three-deep, was only worsened by the recent high-profile transfer of Sutton, so I definitely think we could see Taylor play, especially due to his height.