Scotland high school (Laurinburg, NC) standout Hilee Taylor may be slightly undersized for his defensive end position, but that is OK. He makes up for his 6-3, 200 pound size with blazing 4.5 speed, making him a fierce rusher off the edge.
His speed is his strength, and he will need it especially if he is to switch to linebacker on the next level.
“I play defensive end for my high school team,” said Taylor. “I am more of a pass rusher. I have pretty decent speed to move around the field. Schools are recruiting me as a defensive end/linebacker type. They hope I can put on some weight to play defensive end, or else they want me to play outside linebacker.”
Taylor has received five scholarship offers, with the most recent being from Virginia Tech. The Hokies offered Taylor last week during an unofficial visit.
“Virginia Tech, UNC, South Carolina, Clemson, and ECU have offered me,” said Taylor. “Those are my favorites, and it’s pretty equal between those five schools. I visited Virginia Tech last Wednesday, and it went real well. It actually surprised me. I was expecting more of a city-type atmosphere, but it definitely was more country. I guess you could say, because it has the southern feel, that it makes you feel comfortable there.”
Three factors stand out for Taylor in making his decision…academics, athletics, and proximity to home. None of the schools who have offered him are too far away from home.
“The number one thing I look at is academics,” said Taylor, who boasts a 3.1 grade point average. “I want to major in Engineering. Obviously Virginia Tech has a great program. Number two is athletics. Number three is distance. I hope to have a decision by my first game.”
Until the start of his senior season, Taylor may take a few more unofficial visits to help make his decision easier.
“I’m thinking about visiting Tennessee and East Carolina,” said Taylor. “Tennessee has just started recruiting me, so I may want to visit. Nothing has been planned though.”
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