Tech to Receive 1st Verbal?

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Virginia Tech could land its 1st commitment for the 2005 men’s basketball recruiting class today, as Hyman Taylor is expected to verbal to the Hokies. Taylor, a 6-9, 210-pound power forward out of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, actually did verbal to the Hokies on his official visit this past weekend but plans on confirming his decision with Tech Head Coach Seth Greenberg today.

“I think I’m going to officially commit to Virginia Tech,” Taylor said. “I’ve already verbally committed. They are going to have the coach call me tomorrow to confirm that that’s what I’m going to do.”

Obviously, the weekend trip went well.

“It went real good,” Taylor said of his official visit to Virginia Tech. “It was beautiful out there. They have a good program. I think the team’s going to be really good. They have a good weight training program to help everybody improve. The coach is good. He’s a funny guy. He wants his players to all be on the same level.”

Taylor, who will choose Tech over Auburn, says he brings “rebounding and blocked shots” to the Hokies program. He looks forward to using his talents to help Tech succeed in the ACC.

“I’m excited about the program they have,” Taylor said of Virginia Tech. “Playing in the ACC is something exciting.”

A raw, talented athlete, Taylor is ranked as a 2-star prospect by He is also rated the #16 player in the state of Florida by “In the Zone” magazine.

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