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Tue. January 5, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

No area RB had a more productive 2009 season than Countryside’s Alton Taylor, who finished with 1,932 rushing yards and a school-record 31 TDs.

Thus far, however, Taylor has received few offers. And that, quite frankly, has baffled Cougars coach John Davis.

“I’ve never had someone as good as Alton Taylor have as hard a time getting someplace,” Davis said. “It’s absolutely amazing to me.”

Taylor, according to Davis, has Division I-A potential. But thus far, his only firm offer is from Quincy, an NAIA program in Illinois that has been hitting this area hard in search of talent.

Others programs are interested, Davis said, but some wish the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Taylor was bigger. And other schools, the great academic institutions of the Northeast for example, really like Taylor’s ability, but wish his test scores were a tad higher.

“He has his test score,” Davis said. “His grades are fine. But some of the schools, like Holy Cross or Bucknell, want a real high (score). They would absolutely love to have him.”

Davis predicts everything will work out in the long run. But it may take a lot of patience.

“What’ll happen -- and I’ve been down this road before -- a school will have three or four running backs on the board and all of a sudden they’ll get none of them,” Davis said. “Then they’ll come around. It’s frustrating, though. He’s too good of a player not to have several offers to choose from. I know it’s coming, but I want to get it done.”

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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