Elite junior Celeste Taylor gives verbal commitment to Texas

Celeste Taylor already has starred for USA Basketball and Long Island Lutheran. She hopes to do more of the same in two years at Texas. Marc Piscotty/Icon Sportswire

After signing the No. 3 class in the nation last month, Karen Aston is keeping the recruiting momentum going at Texas.

Texas received a verbal commitment Sunday from Celeste Taylor, a 5-foot-11 shooting guard at Long Island Lutheran (Brookville, New York) and the No. 14 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Super 60 for the 2019 class. Taylor is the first player from the 2019 class to commit to Texas.

"I visited Texas about a month ago," Taylor said. "I really loved the warm weather, but more importantly I felt very welcomed by the team and the coaching staff.

"I think what really caught my attention while visiting Texas was their practice. I want to be pushed as a player, and Coach Aston and her interaction with her team was pivotal. This is something I want to be a part of."

Taylor, an acrobatic and explosive guard who excels in transition, also made unofficial visits to Notre Dame, Ohio State and South Carolina.

"I kept my number of schools small so I could make my decision easier in the end," she said.

Taylor won a gold medal over the summer with Team USA at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Argentina. She started all five games and averaged 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds.

Last month, Texas landed national letters of intent from Charli Collier, Sedona Prince, Joanne Allen-Taylor and Audrey Warren. Texas' 2018 recruiting class was ranked behind Baylor and Connecticut.