- Bob Przybylo, Reporter, RecruitingNation
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It simply reached a point where four-star athlete Stanvon Taylor (Tulsa, Okla./East Central) didn't know what he was waiting for anymore. So he stopped waiting and made his move.
Taylor verbally committed to Oklahoma on Friday night, becoming the Sooners' fifth commitment for the class of 2013.
"I've been trying to hold it in for the longest," Taylor said. "It was so tough trying to get through this week."
Taylor was offered by the Sooners two weeks ago and though he wanted to commit almost immediately after the offer, his coaches and family told him to be patient. He already had confirmed he would be at Kansas State's spring game last weekend and his mother wanted to make sure everything was solid with OU.
His mom spoke with OU coaches Bob Stoops and Jackie Shipp last week and gave her seal of approval. Even though the K-State visit went well, even better than what Taylor had imagined, it was clear the Sooners were still in the lead.
Though his mother wanted him to wait, she did put in a qualifying statement to her son after the visit with the Wildcats. "If you feel like you cannot wait anymore, you do what you have to do," she told him.
Taylor had finally reached his breaking point Friday evening. He called Shipp to let him know, and he will tell Stoops on Saturday.
"Coach Shipp was so happy," Taylor said. "He was kind of wondering what was taking so long, but he welcomed me into the Sooner family."
Taylor, 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, is ranked the No. 22 athlete and the No. 2 overall prospect in Oklahoma. The Sooners already have the commitment of the top-ranked player in the state, defensive end D.J. Ward (Lawton, Okla./Lawton).
The Sooners pursued Ward aggressively. Their recruitment of Taylor, however, was different. Taylor was invited to OU games as a sophomore and as a junior, but he never quite knew where he stood with the coaches.
He attended OU's first junior day in February where he was told the staff needed to evaluate him more. Those next two months proved to be the difference. Taylor began picking up offers from all over the country and was receiving strong interest from Texas and Notre Dame.
OU never doubted Taylor's ability to play, but it had concerns regarding his health. Taylor broke his ankle during the first game last season and didn't play another down. Now fully healed, the Sooners had the answers to all their questions.
"This feels really good to get this done, actually," Taylor said. "I haven't told that many people yet, but it should be a fun night."
Taylor is OU's fifth commit of the 2013 class and the first defensive back. Mike Stoops said he is looking for five defensive backs for the class.
Taylor's commitment puts a happy end to a tough Friday for OU. One of the Sooners' top defensive back targets, Antwuan Davis (Bastrop, Texas/Bastrop), committed to the Longhorns while wide receiver offer Eldridge Massington (Mesquite, Texas/West Mesquite) pledged to USC.
Taylor appreciated every offer, but he said it simply felt different when he received that offer from the Sooners.
It was a feeling that still hasn't gone away.
"They always say that when you know, you know," Taylor said. "I know. I know OU is the place I want to be."
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