BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –Reese Taylor spent four years in the Indiana soccer program after winning Mr. Football at Ben Davis in 2017. But now he’s decided to end his college career at Purdue.
Taylor, a 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback who was the third major cornerback behind Tiawan Mullen and Jaylin Williams in the past three years, entered the transfer portal on December 16 and announced his intention to sign with Purdue on Christmas Eve.
Taylor has recorded 74 career tackles, eight tackles for a loss and two interceptions for the Hoosiers. The former prep quarterback was forced to take office on the offensive end of the ball as a freshman, and totaled 173 receiving yards and 84 rushing yards as a quarterback during the 2018 season. .
He moved to cornerback in 2019 and played behind Mullen and Williams, and often joined them in three-cornered sets. He and Mullen have both been affected this season, and Taylor has missed two games and played injured in several more, with minimal impact.
He’s had just four punt returns all year, for just 32 yards. He was beaten by DJ Matthews at the punt return point, and Matthews is also coming back for 2022. Matthews netted an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown in the 9/11 game against Idaho.
Taylor suffered leg injuries for most of the season, played in just eight games, starting four when Mullen was out. and has only managed 25 tackles, two passing deflections and one sack in the team’s eight games this season.
Taylor is the third Indiana player to transfer to Purdue in the past year. Running back Sampson James and alternate defensive tackle Damarjhe Lewis have also moved north.
At Ben Davis, Taylor was selected twice as an All-State quarterback, leading the Giants to a Class 6A state title and a 14-0 record in 2017. He threw for 3,150 yards and 40 touchdowns and has rushed for 802 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. .
Indiana still has a lot of cornerback depth without Taylor. Mullen and Williams, who have both received Big Ten honors during their careers, are returning for the 2022 season.
Cornerback Noah Pierre also played a lot last year, and several newcomers could have an immediate impact, including newcomer Trevell Mullen, Tiawan’s younger brother.
Christopher Keys is also someone to watch in this position group. The runner-up was impressive in the spring and was ready to fight for playing time before tearing an ACL at training camp. He should be 100 percent long before training camp this summer.
Pierre has already sent a reminder on Twitter that they will look forward to seeing Taylor on November 26, when the two teams face off again for the Old Oaken Bucket.
Indiana won the game in 2019 and Purdue won this year. There was no match in 2020 due to COVID-19 issues in both programs.
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