After a busy summer that saw him exhaustively travel and get out in front of coaches extensively, Allen Taylor is now preparing for the next stage and lining up official visits with his most ardent suitors.
“I am pretty pleased with how my summer went, although there could have been some things that I did better,” Taylor told TechSideline.com. ”Especially on the offensive end I think I could have done more, because I have always been known as primarily a defensive player and now my offense is coming around.”
Like bees drawn to honey, when you are 6-10 and 280 pounds you can expect to be on speed dial for many colleges searching for true post presence size, something that Taylor indeed does have.
“The schools that I am most involved with now are Miami, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Washington State, TCU, Furman, Wofford and Arkansas-Little Rock,” Taylor said. “ I would say my top three are Miami, Virginia Tech and Penn State.”
Taylor intends to take all five of his allowable official visits this fall though, and he will first head to TCU on September 10th, followed by visits to Miami, Washington State, Penn State and Virginia Tech.
The senior post player from Columbia (SC) Irmo HS, who averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds last season as a junior, indicated that all five schools that he has scheduled official visits to will come in for home visits, and all five have offered scholarships.
“Location is a big factor for me and I think that my parents want me to stay close to home,” Taylor replied, which might serve as good news to the Hokies, given they are the closest school among his leading three.” Education will be important as well, and I want to find a basketball program that will be a good program in the coming years.”
In spite of his ideal size to play the Center position, Taylor actually would prefer to play the Forward position in college, although it will not be a deal breaker with any school that might have other plans.
“I think that I will be a Power Forward at the next level, although it doesn’t matter to me,” said Taylor. “I believe I can move better than most people my size, so that’s why I feel that I can play there.”
In fact, his top three schools have different plans for Taylor, should he arrive on campus next fall at their school.
“Miami is a program that will do good things, they offer me a chance to play early and they are looking at me as a Power Forward,” stated Taylor. “Penn State sees me as a Center and I like them...
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