The term “flip” might make you cringe when it comes to recruiting. It refers to when a prospect switches commitments.
The flip can be good or bad. It worked for Iowa on Sunday when Washington D.C. safety Miles Taylor picked the Hawkeyes over Georgia Tech.
Taylor, a 6-0, 185-pounder, was the first commitment for Tech’s 2014 recruiting class. Taylor is rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com. He tweeted his decision after taking a “secret” official visit to Iowa last weekend. He had committed to Georgia Tech last March, shortly before the Hawkeyes offered. Taylor also had offers from Massachusetts and Temple.
Taylor told the Georgia Tech website GTSwarm.com there was a communication breakdown that led him away from Tech.
“No communication for months whatsoever,” Taylor told the site. “No coaches coming during open period to see you and you’re teammates. No relationship was formed.
This time, the “flip” worked for Iowa.
“With Iowa, I’m a fan of their game and their style of play,” Taylor told HawkeyeReport.com when he received his Iowa offer last March. “I always think of hard-nosed, physical football when I think of Iowa.”
Taylor was first-team all-Washington Catholic Athletic Conference along with St. John’s College High School’s Omar Truitt, also an Iowa commitment. Taylor led Gonzaga in tackles with 80 his junior season.
A Washington Post story gave this assessment of Taylor’s skills, “The speedy six-foot, 185-pounder’s physical play and coverage ability at safety makes him a threat in both the Eagles’ and Yellow Jackets’ quarter and nickel formations.”
“As a two-year starter at safety for us, Miles plays the game really fast and he’s a physical player that flies around out there and coaches love that,” Gonzaga coach Aaron Brady told the Post.
Taylor said, “My speed helps me out and I feel like I bring hard work and enthusiasm to any team. Coming in as a freshman, they see me playing the nickel and they want me to come in on third downs to cover the slot [receiver] or tight end or just make a play wherever they need it.”
Iowa has three players from the D.C. area on its roster — defensive backs Nico Law and Jordan Lomax and defensive tackle Darian Cooper.
Taylor is the fifth potential defensive back in the 2014 class, joining Truitt, Josh Jackson, Marcel Joly and Jyaz Jones. Iowa also received a commitment from Waukee offensive lineman Ross Reynolds on Sunday. Reynolds’ official status, whether he’s a full-scholarship offer or a grayshirt (going on full scholarship January 2015), hasn’t been finalized, so Iowa is now at 20 or 21 commitments for the 2014 class.
The national signing period begins next Wednesday.
Jay Scheel, QB 6-2, 170 Union High School (La Porte City) ****
Lucas LeGrand, OL, 6-5, 260 Dubuque Senior High School ***
Omar Truitt, CB, 5-11, 185, St. John’s College High School (Washington D.C.) ***
C.J. Hilliard, RB, 5-9, 192, St. Xavier High School (Cincinnati, Ohio) ***
Jyaz Jones, S, 6-0, 172, South Oak Cliff High School (Dallas, Texas) **
Jameer Outsey, OLB, 6-3, 220, Franklin High School (Somerset, N.J.) ***
Keegan Render, OL, 6-3, 310, Indianola High School ***
Matt Nelson, DE, 6-7, 249, Xavier High School (Cedar Rapids) ***
Mick Ellis, K, 5-9, 185, Lovejoy High School (Lucas, Texas) **
Terrance Harris, DE, 6-2, 240, Paramus Catholic High School (Paramus, N.J.) **
Ben Niemann, OLB, 6-3, 185, Sycamore (Ill.) High School **
Aaron Mends, LB, 6-1, 204, Winnetonka (Kansas City, Mo.) High School ***
Josh Jackson, CB, 6-1, 175, Dallas Lake ( Corinth, Texas) High School **
Marcel Joly, CB, 5-11, 180, Forestville (Md.) High School ***
Jalen Embry, CB, 5-11, 176, King (Detroit, Mich.) High School ***
Markel Smith, RB, 5-10, 210, St. John Vianney (St. Louis, Mo.) High School ***
Parker Hesse, LB, 6-3, 205, Waukon High School (Waukon) **
Tyler Wiegers, QB, 6-4, 213, Detroit Country Day (Detroit, Mich.) ****
Dillon Kidd, P, 6-1, 210, El Camino Community College (Torrance, Calif.) — **
Miles Taylor, S, 6-0, 185, Gonzaga High School (Washington, D.C.) ***
* — Rivals.com star rating