Beaufort (S.C.) defensive end Devin Taylor , one of the top uncommitted defensive end prospects on Virginia Tech’s target list, has never visited Blacksburg before but hopes to do so next month. The 6-6, 215-pound prospect has already visited his other major offers, so his first visit to Tech will surely be very important.
“The only school I haven’t been able to visit is Virginia Tech,” Taylor said, referring to the major Division 1A schools that have offered. “I think I’m going there sometime in September. It would be an official visit. It hasn’t been set, but I am talking to the coaches about it.
“[On the visit] I will look for the feel of the college and to see if I feel like I could fit in. I want to see how they treat their student athletes there.”
Taylor, rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals.com, discussed why he is heavily considering Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech joins Duke, South Carolina and Wake Forest as the major Division 1A programs that have offered at this time. Buffalo and Furman are among the other programs that have offered as well.
“They have a good program. They had a good record even for a bad season last year,” Taylor said. “I like what they offer in Engineering, which is good. That is the major I want.”
At this point, do not expect a decision to come until after Taylor visits Tech. Taylor declined to name a favorite, saying he felt comfortable on visits to Duke, South Carolina and Wake Forest.
“I’ve been thinking about my decision, but I haven’t made an exact decision,” Taylor said. “Hopefully I will make a decision by the middle to the end of the season.”
As a junior, Taylor racked up about 70 tackles including 11 tackles-for-loss and three sacks. He plays defensive end and tight end, but is being recruited as a defensive end on the next level.
“It is a fun position,” Taylor said of defensive end. “I get to do a lot of different things for us. I might get to drop into coverage sometimes. Most of the time, I come off the edge and go after the quarterback. I’d say my strengths are my technique and the way I come off the ball. I can get into the backfield. I use my speed to get around blockers.”
Beaufort’s season opener is on August 18th, when the team takes on Aiken High School. Taylor is excited about what lies ahead.
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