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October 12, 2012Maison Taylor, quarterback from Foley High School in Ala., is in the 2013 recruiting class looking to make strides and get his name out to schools this season. He took his first unofficial visit of the season this past weekend.
"It was really nice," Taylor said of visiting Samford University. "They showed us the facilities, cafeteria, bookstore, and the quads.
"We couldn't really get a feel for anything while we were there because all the students were gone. They were on fall break. I love the school and everything; how it looks. I like the campus just in general.
"We saw people tailgating. There weren't really many people there because of fall break, but there were more than I expected.
"There is a 3:1 girl to boy ratio and an 11:1 student to teacher ratio, which is something that I like. They rank at the top of academics."
Taylor made the trip with teammates Drake Deisner, senior safety Corey Christensen, and Brandon Silvers, greyshirt freshman at Troy University.
"We got to talk to the coaches a little bit," said Taylor. "We sat in the team meeting rooms. Coach Trickett asked how we played during the season and stuff like that. Their head offensive coordinator talked to us as a group then passed us over to the admissions guy."
Taylor found that the visit to Samford was beneficial and worth the five hour drive from Foley.
"I really got to see what they do on the sidelines and how they really treat the players and stuff like that," he said. "We got a first-hand experience.
Samford tallied up a 38-7 victory against Citadel. Taylor was impressed with the Bulldogs.
"This was my first time to see them play," he said. "The score stood out the most; how easily they beat that team. They did pretty good. It wasn't even close. We left with like 10 minutes left in the third quarter to head home.
"I really liked them. I got a feel for how they run plays. Also how the offensive coordinator calls plays and stuff like that. We got to stand on the field while they warmed up, but didn't get to go in the locker rooms."
The coaches made the visit personable for the 20-30 recruits who attended.
"I liked them," Taylor said. "I only talked to the offense coordinators and Coach Segrest, the recruiting coordinator for our area. I really liked the coaches' energy. All of the coaches; they were all upbeat and high energy, and positive.
"They were rushed towards the end and didn't have much time to speak to us as a group. They got about five-10 minutes to talk to everybody. They said 'thank ya'll for coming' and then had to leave to get ready for the game.
"I told the coaches how I did. They told me before, at the beginning of the summer, when I went up for their camp, that they would try to catch a game this season."
The weekend visit increased the interest level of the senior signal caller.
"My interest level is pretty high," Taylor said. "I could see myself playing there."
Since it was Samford's fall break the weekend Taylor took his visit, he plans to take another one later in the year.
"I will probably go back in two or three weeks and take my mom and girlfriend," he said. "I'd like to see how it is with fans around the school. Even though it was fall break, the stadium was still pretty packed."
The recruiting process continues for Taylor as he remains focused on the season.
"My quarterback coach, Coach Williams, said he has a couple schools that he has working for me that really like me," said Taylor. "He won't tell me who they are because he doesn't want me to get unfocused on the season.
"I'm gonna start emailing some coaches and ask if I can come to some games. I'd like to visit Troy and South Alabama sometime."
The Foley Lions will travel to Fairhope to take on the Pirates Friday night. Kick0off at 7:00 p.m.