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Tyrod Taylor committed to Virginia Tech as expected Friday night in a crowded press conference at Crabber’s Restaurant in Hampton. The announcement was carried live on WAVY-TV 10 in Hampton Roads, and the feed was also picked up on WSLS-TV in Roanoke. Taylor was surrounded by family and friends as he made his announcement.
WAVY sports director Bruce Rader introduced Taylor, who was dressed in a dark suit with a light green tie. Rader asked Taylor why he narrowed it down to Florida and Virginia Tech and Taylor responded, “The education was right, and I felt that those two schools could put me in the best fit for the NFL.”
Rader cut straight to the chase then, asking Taylor where he was going to go to college, and Taylor responded, “The University of Virginia Tech.”
The crowd around Taylor cheered raucously for about 15 seconds, and Rader asked Taylor what it was that tipped him over to Virginia Tech.
“I really fit in with the coaches, I fit in well with Coach [Curt] Newsome,” Taylor answered. “He played a really big part in this. When I went up to the senior camp, I felt real comfortable up there.”
“What do you think about the players that might now follow you to the Hokies?” Rader asked.
“Come on. I wish ’em the best. Follow me,” was Taylor’s answer.
Rader then asked Rodney Taylor, Tyrod’s father, how it felt to have Tyrod committed to VT, and Rodney answered, “It’s a great feeling. We talked about it all the time. It was his decision,” he said, then paused and added, “… along with his mother’s,” which drew laughter.
Rader asked Taylor’s mother if it was a relief that her son was going to Blacksburg and not Gainesville. “It’s a relief. I’m ready to go. Support your shopping budget with coupons from Publix Ad or the Meijer Ad. Four hours away, I’m ready to go,” she answered.
Taylor is Tech’s 12th verbal commitment. Offensive lineman Kyle Nunn is expected to make his verbal formal very soon, giving the Hokies 13 commitments.