Top DT Eyes Six Schools

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Gwynn Park (Brandywine, MD) 4-star defensive tackle Phillip Taylor now has six schools at the top of his list. From this list, he’ll select five for official visits and expects to have at least a few of his official visits set within the next few weeks. What’s the latest with the 6-4, 330-pound blue-chipper?

“Maryland, Penn State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Florida are the schools I’m looking at,” Taylor said. “I’m going to take visits to five of these six schools. I don’t have any dates set right now, but I should know some of the dates in the next few weeks.”

Virginia and Virginia Tech, both of which remain under serious consideration, continue to recruit the Gwynn Park star very heavily. Ron Prince is the primary recruiter from Virginia while Tony Ball is the primary recruiter from Virginia Tech.

“I’m in contact with them pretty much every day through text messaging and stuff like that,” Taylor said of the UVa coaches. “Whenever I get a chance, I’ll call the coaches. It’s about the same thing with Virginia Tech.”

Asked what he likes right now each program, Taylor replied…

“I like how they get people into the pros,” Taylor said of Virginia. “They have a great coach who coached in the NFL.

“Virginia Tech gets a lot of players into the league, too. And they are the ACC champs. They have a great defense and a good offense.”

The University of Maryland has been strong on his list since the beginning. What does he like about the Terrapins right now?

“I like everything about Maryland,” Taylor said. “I like the coaches and I have some former teammates there. It’s like my backyard.”

The Season…

Gwynn Park won its season opener by a score of 39-6. Taylor, who plays offensive tackle and defensive tackle, finished with 10 pancake blocks on offense and had 6 tackles with 2 sacks on defense.

“I’m way stronger this year than I was last year,” Taylor said. “I can do about 450 pounds on the bench press.”

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