6-4, 330-pound defensive tackle/offensive lineman Phillip Taylor has gradually narrowed his list of schools over the summer. Currently, the Gwynn Park (Brandywine, MD) is seriously considering less than 10 schools among his over 20 Division 1A offers.
“It’s about six,” Taylor said. “There’s Maryland, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and probably either like Florida or Tennessee.”
One program has scored an official visit with the mammoth blue-chip recruit.
“I set up one [official visit] so far and that’s to Penn State,” Taylor said. He says he most likely will take all five official visits, with a few coming during his season and the rest afterwards. “I think it’s on September 10th.
“I like the coach there, coach [Larry] Johnson, and the facilities. [Coach Johnson] is a great guy. He speaks the truth.”
Are there any schools at the top of his list?
“It’s four – Maryland, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech,” Taylor said. Taylor said location is “the number one reason” these programs are on top.
Taylor discussed what he likes about the rest of his top four.
“Maryland’s just like my backyard, basically,” Taylor said. “It’s right there for my family to come see me. I’m close to the coaches because it’s so close.”
“They’re coaching staff, number one,” Taylor said. “Coach Groh has a lot of experience. Coach Prince, who is recruiting me, is a very good guy and coach Belin – that’s a funny guy right there. I hung out with [Belin] most of the day during their camp. I went up with [teammate] Adrian [Moten].”
“I like it because it’s kind of close to home, but not too close to home,” said Taylor, who recently visited Virginia Tech for a practice. He went with teammate and VT commit Rashad “Rock” Carmichael. “I like the coaching staff. There’s coach Ball and coach Beamer, who I heard is one of the winningest coaches in the NCAA. That’s a good thing. And I like the facilities a lot.”
When Taylor commits, his decision will be based on several factors. “Number one is going to be education,” Taylor said. “Then there’s coaching staff and playing early. Playing early is a big one too (laughs).”
According to Taylor, each of his top...
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