Trooper Taylor discusses Big Cat Weekend II
Hey everyone. Just finished a nice little chat with Trooper Taylor about recruiting and the Tigers' plans for a second Big Cat Weekend.
- On his goals for the event: ``We want to carry the momentum over from last year. It was tailored for the top players in the country. You didn't want to bring just anybody. We wanted the top players to come and meet each other and build a relationship. It wasn't about who could run a 40 or who could jump high or how much they weighed. It was about relationships and the family atmosphere.
It took a life of its own. Everywhere we go, people ask: Can we come to the Big Cat? You can't just tell a few kids. They all talk, they all know about it."
- On how the first BCW changed things for the 2011 recruits: ``They've been asking us about it, when it's going to be, who's going to be there. It's almost like having another tradition. It's viral. It spreads. That's something we're really proud of. Getting them interested is a big step. Auburn is different; once you come and see it, it's hard to forget it. By the time they leave here, they know exactly what we're talking about."
- On if Auburn will cap the number of participants: ``Nah. We don't want it to get so big that we can't be personable. If the top 150 wanted to come, we sure wouldn't turn them down. If I've got receivers I like and there are five of them, I want all five of them here. We want it to be fun. We want it to be a good time. We want them to get to know about Auburn. We also want them to meet each other and get to know each other."
- On his expectations after getting hit with secondary violations last year: ``The whole point is to get the kids here, to get them on campus and get to know them. If some of the pageantry is taken away, that's fine. We always want to respect the rules. That's never something we're going to take lightly. At the same time, you want to be on the cutting edge. You don't want to be in the box; you want to be on the outside."
Photo credit: Todd Van Emst/Auburn University
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