Top 2008 LB Taylor Looking to Make Early Decision

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Bruce Taylor is one of the top linebacker prospects in the class of 2008. He received close to double-digit verbal offers this spring following his performance last season as a sophomore, when the 6-3, 240-pound star racked up an amazing 205 total tackles for Myrtle Beach High School (S.C.), earning Sun Times Toast of the Coast Defensive Player of the Year and all-region VII-AAA honors as a result.

The standout prospect may be very close to making a decision and Virginia Tech is right in the thick of things.

“I know for sure I will be committing this year,” Taylor said. “Just so next year I don’t have to worry about it if I get injured. I’ve seen some players wait and then get injured and lose some offers. With my arm injury (an injury he suffered a few weeks ago), I’ll probably commit early. I’d say that, if I was to decide, it would probably be within the next two or three weeks.”

Actually, the Hokies are more than just in the thick of this race. They are the favorite right now.

“Right now, it would be Virginia Tech,” Taylor replied when asked if he had a favorite school. “Florida State then North Carolina are behind Virginia Tech.”

Taylor went into detail as to why Tech is on top.

“My sophomore year, Virginia Tech was the first to offer me (verbal offer) and that stood out,” Taylor said. “Also, there is a player on Virginia Tech who went to our school. His name is Brandon Frye. Virginia Tech has got a good percentage of graduates. They run the same defense we do. And, I just like the school.

“I also went up there for a scrimmage and it felt good just watching them scrimmage. It was nice. The crowd was nice.”

Taylor said he liked the coaches from Florida State and UNC. He attended camps at both schools this summer and, this past weekend, attend UNC’s home game versus Virginia Tech.

“It was a good experience,” Taylor said of Saturday’s game. “The defenses played pretty good. UNC had a lot of turnovers, but it was fun.”

The star linebacker prospect said he would like to get to a Virginia Tech game soon, but acknowledged that he could make a commitment before doing so.

In the meantime, Taylor is just happy to be playing football again. He has healed from the