Sir Aaron Taylor (West Chester/Lincoln Hall) will continue his academic and athletic collegiate career at Youngstown State. Taylor a second team NJCAA All-American is the third Pioneer in the past ten years to sign with the Penguins.
Taylor wore many hats in his two years at Alfred State. He made contributions to the offense, defense, and special teams. He led the Pioneers with 63 tackles from his free safety position. 36 of his tackles were solo, four were for a loss, and he picked off five passes (returned one for a touchdown). He also returned 19 kicks (punts and kickoffs) for 379 yards and two scores. Offensively he rushed for 140 yards and two scores on 33 carries.
In addition to being named All-American, Taylor was named 1st team All-Northeast Football Conference. He also was named NFC and NJCAA special teams player of the week after a solid performance in the Pioneers opening game victory over Apprentice School.
This follows a freshman campaign where Taylor recorded 52 tackles (32 solo), one sack, and picked off three passes (one returned for a score). He also rushed for 250 yards and three scores and passed for 423 yards and four scores.
Taylor is one of 35 players, 10 from junior college programs, in the Penguins 2011 recruiting class. YSU was 3-8 last season under first year coach Eric Wolford. The Penguins, members of the Missouri Valley Football Conference of the Football Championship Subdivision, open up the 2011 season at Michigan State on September 3.
Taylor will join former Pioneer teammate Pat White when he starts at Youngstown State in the fall. Former Pioneer All-American Cordera Jackson also continued his career at Youngstown State in 2005 and went on to two All-American seasons with the Penguins.
Taylor joins Cody Scepaniak (Vestal) as the first two Pioneers to sign national letter of intents in 2011. Scepaniak signed and is currently enrolled at Northern Michigan University.