U.S. Army Bowl Update: Tyrod Taylor

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Hampton (VA) quarterback Tyrod Taylor received a not-so-good surprise upon arriving in San Antonio for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game, which will take place this Saturday at noon on NBC. The 6-1 ½, 200-pound Taylor, TechSideline.com’s number one player in the state of Virginia for the 2007 class, actually started off with the defensive backs this week but is now back at quarterback.

“There was a little confusion [on Monday],” Taylor said. “They put me at safety at first, so I played some defense. But they moved me to quarterback [yesterday]. They said the decision is up to me.”

Taylor impressed the East coaches with his skills at the quarterback position. He certainly will have to continue to do so, as the East squad has three other talented quarterbacks in John Brantley (Florida commit), Willie Korn (Clemson commit) and Matt Simms (Louisville commit).

“I had a great day,” said Taylor, referring to his performance yesterday. “I had a real good workout. I think I showed them my arm strength. I threw it out there real good. I also showed my release and my mechanics.”

Taylor is excited for the opportunity this week presents.

“A situation like this is a great opportunity to match up with some of the greatest players,” said Taylor, whose roommate for the week is UVa commit J’Courtney Williams. Williams is TSL’s number four overall player in the state of Virginia. “I’m going against some of the best athletes in the country. I don’t know how much I’ll play in the game. I’m just looking forward to competing and meeting these other guys.”

As a junior in 2005, Taylor led the Hampton Crabbers to a state championship. The team fell in the regional semifinals this year, so it wasn’t able to capture back-to-back Division 5 titles. Taylor, a two-time first-team all-state performer who finished his senior year with over 2,300 total yards and 36 touchdowns, was asked to reflect on his senior season.

“My number one thought right now is Virginia Tech,” Taylor replied. “My high school career is over now. Everything now turns to Virginia Tech. Coach Beamer is doing an in-house visit when I get back. We have a lot of stuff set up. I’m going to make it my business