Demetrius Taylor displays his quiet, unassuming personality on and off the field. What isn’t quiet is his talent on the gridiron – talent that helped him earn a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech earlier this year. While Taylor has an abundance of talent, sometimes it’s tough to see in the way he plays – which is within the system.
“He’s made a lot of strides,” Kellam Head Coach Chris DeWitt said of his star player. “He could try to do too much because he is so special, but really I think what makes Demetrius a great football player is that he doesn’t get outside of what we want him to do. He doesn’t try to do too much. If he starts trying to do too much, then we’re not very good. He is a very good player at just doing what he’s told to do.”
Taylor has helped Kellam to a 5-2 record in 2004. He has not only helped his team on defense, but he has been very productive as a running back as well. He has had several 100-yard rushing games this season, including a 195-yard, 3-touchdown performance versus Ocean Lakes earlier this year.
“I think I’ve improved at running back,” Taylor said. “Last year I was a linebacker trying to play running back, but this year I feel like I’m both. I’ve improved at running back mostly and I feel I’ve stayed about the same at linebacker.”
Originally recruited as a linebacker, the athletic Taylor could be given a look on offense on the next level. Linebacker, however, is his likely position at Virginia Tech.
“Coach Stinespring told me, and I don’t know if he was playing or not, that they might give me a look at running back because I’m doing well at running back,” Taylor said. “But wherever they need me I’ll play.”
What separates Taylor from some other prospects is not just his football talents, but how well he does in the classroom and what kind of person he is.
“I don’t think Virginia Tech knows how special Demetrius is,” DeWitt said. “I really think when you look at Demetrius and you can talk for hours about what he can do on the football field, but at the same time you can take the football away from him and you can talk about what a wonderful kid he is away from football. He walks around the halls and he’s respected by the faculty, the administration and the other students. He’s a kid that does unbelievable things when no one’s watching. That’s the kind of kid Demetrius is. I’ve got a lot of respect for the kid.”
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