Another key football player will not return to OSU next season.
Jason Taylor II, a redshirt senior who has one year of eligibility remaining, announced via Twitter on Saturday he intends to enter the NFL draft.
Taylor is from Oklahoma City. At OSU’s bowl game, he said he appreciated his time as a Cowboy.
“Oklahoma State has meant everything for me,” Taylor said. “Just to be able to be right in the backyard of home, my family is able to come to every game. Even my long-distance family was able to come to games.”
A key cog in the secondary, Taylor had multiple tackles in every game for OSU in 2022. He developed a reputation for making big plays. He had six interceptions in 13 games this season. In 2021, he intercepted a pass against Texas and returned it 85 yards for a score.
Taylor played his entire college career at OSU.
“We knew right away we wanted him,” coach Mike Gundy said. “We knew what we had with him. We were thrilled. Not as many people should have recruited him. We got him. We got a steal.”
Taylor joins linebacker Mason Cobb, cornerback Jabbar Muhammad and defensive lineman Brock Martin, among others, as fixtures of the OSU defense who will not return.
Taylor said at the bowl game that he was contemplating his decisions and talking with his grandparents, mom and sisters to make the best choice.
“Whether I decide to leave this year or come back, I think that Oklahoma State is going to be my home regardless,” Taylor said. “I think I’m going to really enjoy that in my later years.”