After undergoing surgery to repair a partially torn labrum, 2010 Texas commit Taylor Bible has spent most of the offseason rehabbing. But now the 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle is about to be medically cleared and is ready to get back to work lifting and preparing for the 2009 season.
Bible talked with IT about his surgery and his trip to Austin this past weekend for the Texas minicamp.
Taylor Bible is finally ready to go.
The 2010 defensive tackle commit has been itching to get lifting again to prepare for his senior season of high school football, but those preparations have been on hold since Bible had surgery back on January 5th to repair a partially torn labrum. It was the same surgery Texas freshman quarterback Garrett Gilbert had last offseason and Gilbert was able to return to the field even stronger than before.
Bible is hoping to have the same sort of success and has the talent to do it, ranked as the No. 5 overall player in the Inside Texas 2010 Top 100 and the top DT in Texas. From what Bible says, it seems recovery from the surgery has been right on schedule.
“I feel great. I’m about to be fully released to start lifting again,” Bible told Inside Texas. “Soon I’ll be back into it, doing bench, squat, dead lift, power clean, the whole deal.”
Up until now, Bible has primarily been doing targeted rehab work on his shoulder. He’ll be back to the regular grind soon, but as a precaution he wasn’t able to participate in drills at Texas’ minicamp this past weekend, since he isn’t officially cleared yet.
But that didn’t stop him from making the trip down to Austin so he could talk more with Texas coaches and see his future teammates in person. Bible described the event as just a “regular camp”, comprised of the usual individual work and speeches from coaches. However, he said it was less about what happened than the people who were there.
“It was incredible. You just…you had to be there,” said Bible. “Guys were giving each other their due, there was so much respect between the guys.”
Bible got a great deal of respect from his fellow commits, even though he didn’t participate in drills. Instead, Bible took the opportunity to take a closer look at what the 2010 Texas commits are capable of.
“I just watched the whole time and I saw some really impressive players,” said Bible.
One of the players he watched closest was fellow DT commit DeAires Cotton. With Bible not yet officially cleared and Ashton Dorsey unable to make it to the camp, Cotton was the only DT commit working in drills on Sunday and Bible said the Alief Taylor defensive tackle was everything he expected.
“Big, strong and fast,” said Bible. “I saw in person exactly what I saw on film.”
Along with Cotton, the other two Texas commits who impressed him the most were linebacker Tevin Jackson and wide receiver Darius Terrell, who each had great physical presence while working at their positions.
Bible will likely continue to be a physical presence at his position but also said he’d like to become more than just a physical presence.
“I’ve been able to bull people over in high school, but I need to develop my pass rushing technique and add more moves,” said Bible. “I’m just ready to get out on the practice field and work.”