In a press conference in front of family and friends, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) junior linebacker Bruce Taylor did something he has been leaning towards doing for quite some time – make a commitment to Virginia Tech. Now that he has his recruitment out of the way, the 6-3, 230-pound star is eager to focus on the remainder of his high school career.
“I had been to a lot of other schools, but I just felt comfortable with Virginia Tech,” Taylor said. “I went there for the spring game. It was real nice. I loved the atmosphere. People I didn’t even know were coming up to me and saying hi and ‘we want you to come to Virginia Tech.’ Blacksburg is a little town. I liked that because I won’t have to deal with a lot of distractions. I really like the school. Also, they run the same defense as us and I like what Coach Foster teaches.
“I’m just real confident in my decision.”
According to Myrtle Beach Head Coach Scott Earley, his star player felt comfortable with the coaches and players as well. One player in particular had an impact on Taylor.
“His primary recruiter was Charley Wiles, but they also have Brandon Frye,” Earley said. “Brandon went to our school. To know someone that’s gone to our school and then to Virginia Tech and enjoyed it really helped Bruce feel comfortable. Then he had a chance to meet the staff at the spring game. The comfort he felt with all the people there was huge for him.”
Tech is recruiting Taylor as a middle linebacker, which is the exact position he plays for Myrtle Beach.
“I love it because it’s one of the main positions on the team,” Taylor said of the middle linebacker position. “The middle linebacker is like the captain of the defense. The quarterback is the captain of the offense and middle linebacker is the captain of the defense. The middle linebacker has to make plays.”
Taylor chose Tech over “about 10 or 11 written scholarship offers.” Tech fans need not worry about the 2008 signing date being so far off, though, as Taylor and his coach say he is solid. He can sign a letter of intent with Virginia Tech in February of 2008.
“I’m cutting it off,” Taylor said of his recruitment.
Added Earley, “He’s done. Bruce is a man of his word. He’s put a lot of thought into this and he’s happy with his decision.”
Taylor is a solid student and graduating...
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