Multiple sources are reporting that Virginia Tech has received a verbal commitment from defensive end prospect Justin Taylor , a 6-3 1/2, 220-pound rising senior out of South Stanly High School (Norwood, N.C.).
Taylor’s commitment, reported by Scout.com and the Charlotte Observer, gives Virginia Tech 11 commitments in the 2010 recruiting class. He chose the Hokies over N.C. State as well as offers from Arkansas, Auburn, East Carolina, Kentucky and Louisville.
A standout basketball player throughout high school, Taylor only began playing football in his junior year. He is a terrific athlete and has impressed college recruiters with his athleticism and ability despite the lack of gridiron experience.
“As [last] season went on, I felt I did pretty well,” Taylor said in an interview with TechSideline.com in early June, shortly after he attended Tech’s first senior camp. “I played defensive end and did a little tight end. I was also on special teams on the kick-off team. College coaches have told me they like how I keep going after the play and the way I change direction real quick. They liked how fast I got up and down the field on kick-off coverage.”
Stay tuned for more on Taylor’s decision in the coming days. In the meantime, check out the report (linked below) by the Charlotte Observer on his commitment to Tech.