2007 Class: Gloucester Dukes

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In his first season as head football coach at Gloucester High School, Tommy Reamon led the Dukes to a 5-5 record – the best season the program has had in several years. Looking towards 2006, Reamon boasts a number of talented players headlined by 2007 class prospects Aaron Taliaferro and Josh Reamon.

Aaron Taliaferro

A 6-3, 218-pound defensive end/offensive tackle, Aaron Taliaferro made 62 tackles including 11 sacks last season as a junior. He also forced four fumbles. According to Reamon, there are many things that make Taliaferro a special player.

“He has that [former Heritage High School and UVa standout Darryl] Blackstock flavor to him,” Reamon said. “He’s quick, he’s aggressive and he’s one of the best defensive players I’ve coached. He has great feet and he has a great knack for getting people off of him. He has excellent explosion.”

Taliaferro, who will be a four-year player on the varsity level, is excited at what Reamon has brought to the team. He’s hoping to build upon the team’s 2005 season with a breakout 2006.

“It was tough at first with Coach Reamon, because he really made us work,” Taliaferro said. “The practices were longer. Then we started winning games and everybody saw that it was working. I’m looking forward to next year. I just hope more people come out. We have some good players, but we don’t have a lot of players.”

A humble personality, Taliaferro admits he is pleasantly surprised at having received scholarship offers from Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. How long his recruiting process goes is the big question, as one school has jumped out as the clear leader right now.

“I really want to go to UVa,” Taliaferro said. “I started liking UVa a lot because it’s close to home – it’s a real easy drive – and, when I was at the camp [in the summer of 2005], it looked real good.”

Aaron does not have a timetable for a decision and says “I need to talk with my family first” before making any decision. Coach Reamon believes his star could wait until May at the least before committing anywhere.

In the meantime, Taliaferro plans to check out UVa’s spring practice and