Denton Guyer’s Taylor Bible has been involved in the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry his whole life having grown up with family members that cheered wildly for each school. “My aunts and uncles on my dad’s side of the family are from Oklahoma, but my mom’s side of the family is primarily from east Texas, so they’re Texas fans,” said Bible. “My uncle, my mom’s brother, is a diehard Oklahoma fan. That one weekend everyone is just kind of sitting around watching the game and screaming at each other. I’m just kind of like, ‘I don’t want to be a part of this.’”
Following his commitment decision on Saturday, Bible will be a part of the Red River Rivalry in a major way for the next four years.Bible drove down to Austin on Saturday, early for Sunday’s Junior Day at the request of the Texas coaches, and after meeting with the Texas coaches and receiving an offer he officially became the third commit of the Horns’ 2010 recruiting class.The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defender, who currently ranks No. 18 on the Inside Texas 2010 Top 100, said that before his visit he was not sure if he would commit but he was hoping that things would come together. According to Bible things did come together on Saturday.“It was me, my mom, my dad and we were in Coach Mack Brown’s office on one couch and Coach (Mike) Tolley (Tolleson) and Coach Kennedy on the other couch next to us,” said Bible. “Basically they told me they were offering me and I committed. It was a pretty good day.”Bible said that one of the biggest things he was looking for in a school was to have a similar feeling to his hometown but that was not exactly Denton, Texas. Bible found that in Austin this weekend.“I felt very comfortable there and that is what I was looking for,” said Bible. “I didn’t want to go somewhere where I experienced culture shock the minute I walked in the door. I wanted to go somewhere I can feel comfortable with myself.”Bible also noted how the Texas coaching staff made him feel like he was talking to and dealing with his coaches at Guyer.“The Texas coaches, they were exactly like my high school coaches,” said Bible. “It was like they had the same personalities only they were different people.”Bible and the Guyer Wildcats had an outstanding season on the gridiron in 2008 finishing the year with a 12-3 record and playoff run in Class 4A that ended with a state semifinal loss to Longview. It was by far the best season in school history for the young program which went a combined 1-19 in its two previous years of varsity play. Bible says that despite many critics the team faced at the beginning of the season, including some in the halls of Guyer High School, he and his teammates knew they could have a special season.“The whole summer we felt like we could be a playoff team and our coaches and my teammates felt very confident that we could be really good,” said Bible. “Despite that a lot of people in the community and at the school didn’t think we would be any good, we knew that if we went out and did our job that we could win games.”The Wildcats deep playoff run gave the program a lot of exposure and gave recruiters a good look at Bible, who picked up seven offers from schools across the country.Arizona, Baylor, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma State all extended offers to Bible, but perhaps the most interesting offer came his way following Guyer’s state quarterfinal win over a Wolfforth Frenship team at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock that featured 2009 Texas signee Mason Walters, who Bible went up against one-on-one on several occasions.“Playing against him was incredible and I feel like I got better,” said Bible. “That was probably the peak of the year for me. I felt like it was my best game of the year.”The coaches at Texas Tech certainly thought so and through the Guyer coaching staff offered Bible on the spot.“I wasn’t expecting an offer or anything and I didn’t even know that (Texas Tech) was going to have coaches there since it was Saturday,” said Bible. “Our offensive line coach told me that they were going to offer, but I didn’t really take it too seriously because he went to Tech. Then my position coach told me the same thing. Two days later they offered me.”But the offer that Bible ultimately accepted was the one he got in Austin on Saturday, which puts an early end to the recruiting process for arguably the state’s top defensive tackle prospect.
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