CLOSER LOOK: Centennial’s J.J. Taylor
Take a closer look at Corona Centennial senior J.J. Taylor and you’ll see a player whose best moves belong to the internet.
Since the moment he started ‘Wow!-ing’ crowds as a sophomore with stellar kick returns and late-game fireworks, Taylor has been one of the most exciting figures in Inland Area prep football.
He’s verbally committed to Univ. of Arizona, and has had highlights on Hudl for days. Spin moves, broken tackles, some ridiculous leaps and long touchdown runs.
Go watch just a few minutes of Taylor’s 9-plus minute video and you’ll begin to see why college recruiters are still scrambling for a chance meeting.
We caught up with Taylor after he ran for a 65-yard TD as part of 116-yard performance vs. Riverside King in Week 6. He did not seem pleased with the Huskies’ 47-14 victory, the team’s 11th consecutive win vs. King.
FOMB: Even though you guys scored on your first three drives, was that a slow start?
Taylor: It was a slow start. A poor performance, really.
FOMB: What can you credit that to?
JT: We just had a lackadaisical week at practice and it was a poor performance overall by the whole team. We need to come out next week prepared.
FOMB: What needs to change then?
JT: Hard work, dedication and preparation. The rain on Monday got us. It poured on us. Made everybody sick.
FOMB: Aside from Mother Nature, what’s the biggest challenge right now?
JT: To come out and be the best team we can be, and get ready for playoffs.
Taylor has never been a man a many words, even shrugging off an interview attempt once before. But with highlight tapes like his, talking can be over-rated.