Taubler Lands Third Offer

Ian Taubler

Fresno (Calif.) Bullard tight end/defensive end Ian Taubler added his third offer on Wednesday. With offers from Fresno State and Yale, the first BCS program has finally stepped up to the plate and pulled the trigger. Check inside for the details…

Ian Taubler (6-6, 250) is the 17th ranked tight end in the nation, according to Scout.com. Most schools are targeting the mammoth prospect on the offensive side of the ball, but he was an all-state performer at defensive end as a sophomore.

The last two weeks, Taubler has taken unofficial visits to UCLA and Washington. Along with Arizona, California, Fresno State, Stanford, and USC, the Bruins and Huskies are among his early favorites. However, a new school may have just overtaken his early list.

Oregon State head coach Mike Riley offered Taubler Tuesday becoming his first offer since his sophomore season.

"Oregon State contacted him through Facebook email the other day," said Ian's father Brian Taubler. "Ian called them back and talked with the running back coach for about 30 minutes Tuesday night. He told him to call back today to talk with Coach Riley.

"With Ian in school and practice, I called explained to the running back coach that Ian wouldn't be available for about 12 hours. He pulled Riley out of a meeting, and we talked for about 25 minutes.

"It was awesome. Riley says they need tight ends and Ian has an opportunity to come in and play. Ian's excited. It's his first Pac-12 offer, and the Beavers are definitely in the running."

Taubler going for a pass at Passing Down Elite 7-on-7 in February (photo by Scott Edwards).

Taubler says Ian's recruitment is wide-open, and he is considering all schools. The Taublers are originally from the East Coast, and Ian's older brother Kerr is a freshman at Yale. But Ian has grown up on the West Coast for most of his life, and the Pac-12 has emerged as a conference preference.

"Ian likes Cal," said Taubler. "He's talking to UCLA, Utah, and Arizona too. We just got back from visits from Washington and UCLA. UCLA is looking at him as defensive end. Ian's willing to play defense, but we feel offense is his strong suit."

He plans to camp at Arizona, Cal and UCLA. Stanford and USC are possibilities too. Staying close to home could be a factor, but playing in the right offense with an opportunity to get to the NFL is also on his mind.

"Ian wants to play Pac-12 football," said Taubler. "But Fresno State is a wildcard in his recruitment. It's close to home and with the relationship with Pat Hill, we know he puts a lot of players in the league."

Meantime, he is focused on school and spring football practice. He missed a portion of his junior season with a respiratory related illness. With a clean bill of health, he is focused on a strong senior year.

"It was an exciting time around the Taubler home today," said Taubler. "We plan to visit Oregon State sometime this summer."

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