A 5-star prospect, Hampton (VA) quarterback Tyrod Taylor finished with 7,690 yards of total offense and 100 touchdowns in his three years as a starter. The 6-2, 185-pound star passed for 5,144 yards and 44 touchdowns and rushed for 2,456 yards, adding 56 touchdowns on the ground. Taylor, rated the #1 prospect in the state by TechSideline.com, led Hampton to a state championship title in his junior season. Recruited by schools all across the country, he committed to Virginia Tech on July 21, 2006, and signed with the Hokies in February earlier this year.
Taylor took time for a Q&A to discuss his recruitment, why he ultimately chose Virginia Tech, his future at Virginia Tech and much more.
First things first, Taylor commented on the tragedy at Virginia Tech.
“I’m very shocked and I want to send my condolences to all the victims,” Taylor said. “My family is praying. I am praying for the victims and the families of the victims. We were just all shocked at my house.”
As the news broke on Monday, Taylor was quick to get in touch with current Tech players.
“I talked to a couple of the players including Macho, Eddie Royal, Tim Richardson (a former Hampton Crabber) and I also talked to Zach Luckett,” Taylor said. “Eddie actually texted me when it first happened and then he just kept me updated. We’re very close and he just texted me to let me know he was all right. Then I texted some of the other guys. They were just trying to call home and make sure their family knew they were safe. And they were also just shocked.
Taylor plans to head back to Virginia Tech before he arrives for college this summer. He will enroll in the second summer session.
Q&A with Tyrod Taylor
TSL: You were recently in Blacksburg to check out some spring practices. How was it?
Tyrod Taylor: I was there for a week. We were on spring break. Under the rules, I couldn’t do but so much. I was able to watch practice. I was out there watching all the drills and things they did in spring practice. I liked watching Ike and Sean and Cory – basically, I liked watching all the quarterbacks and everyone. I felt at home.
As far as the scrimmage, I was able to get on the field but I was not allowed to get near the huddle. Obviously, I didn’t have any equipment on so it wouldn’t have been a good idea (laughs). I was real...
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