Checking in with Tech ’08 Commit Bruce Taylor

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In our last check-in with 6-3, 230-pound Myrtle Beach (S.C.) linebacker Bruce Taylor , the star prospect had just taken in his first ever regular season game in Blacksburg. That was last October, one month after he had verbally committed to Virginia Tech. In an interview last night, Taylor discussed his pledge to the Hokies as well as how his off-season has gone.

First things first, Taylor certainly remains strongly committed to Tech and that doesn’t appear to be in danger of changing.

“The same amount of people are trying to recruit me as if I haven’t committed. They haven’t given up. But, I’m solid to Virginia Tech,” Taylor said. “They gave me their word that they are going to take care of me even if I got hurt or something. I’d like to keep my word. It is a serious thing. I believe in my decision. I can understand why some guys would de-commit, but to me it would have to be a real strong factor to make someone de-commit.”

Taylor plans to visit Virginia Tech next month for the spring game (which he attended last year as well). He may take in some other junior days, but there does not appear to be any cause for concern for the Hokies.

“To experience some stuff, I might go to some spring games,” Taylor said. “I definitely plan on going to Virginia Tech again for the spring game. I might go with some teammates to the Clemson and South Carolina spring games. It’s no big deal, just going with other players on my team that these teams are considering.”

Taylor is coming off a junior season that he felt wasn’t up to par with his standards despite racking up 150 tackles. It was also a season riddled with injuries, so he is looking forward to getting healthy before August.

“My junior season wasn’t what I expected with the injuries and games missed, but I thought it went decent,” said Taylor, who missed games two and three last season due to a fracture in his arm. He also suffered a dislocated shoulder. Myrtle Beach finished 10-3, losing in the state semi-finals to Timberland. “I had about 150 tackles, but I felt like I could have played a lot better.

“I’m really looking forward to my senior season because of the missed time last