VT Commit Taylor Off to Terrific Start

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One of Virginia Tech’s most prized recruits of the 2008 class, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) linebacker Bruce Taylor has not been completely healthy each of his past two seasons…especially his junior season. But, in what is good news for the Myrtle Beach squad and bad news for everyone else, the 6-3, 230-pound prospect is feeling much, much better two games into his senior season.

“I’m back to 100 percent,” Taylor said. “It feels really good. In the 10th grade, I had appendicitis and that slowed me down. Last year, I had the shoulder and the arm. This year, nothing is slowing me down. I’m playing healthy and that is something I haven’t been able to do for a long time.”

Last season, Taylor suffered through a broken right arm and left shoulder troubles. He had surgery on his left shoulder this offseason.

“I’ve been rehabbing my shoulder for seven months and there is still a little pain,” Taylor said. “It dislocated twice last season and some ligaments were messed up, so the doctors went back and tied up all of the ligaments real tight. It will loosen up when I do workouts, but I’m not sure it’ll ever be like it was. I’m not a quarterback, though, so it really doesn’t matter too much.”

Myrtle Beach is off to a 2-0 start in 2007. Taylor has made his mark, racking up 39 total tackles in one-and-a-half games (he sat out the second half of the second game after Myrtle Beach already had control of the game). In a season opening 17-3 victory over Conway, Taylor tallied 10 solo tackles, nine assists and a few tackles-for-loss.

The Conway game was big for Taylor and for his teammates.

“People call it a rivalry, but we really haven’t beaten them since 1994,” Taylor said. “It hasn’t been close until the past couple of years. This year’s win just boosted our confidence. We rolled in the second game, but we have another big game on Friday against Dillon.”

Virginia Tech coaches have kept in close contact with Taylor, who has spoken with Coach Wiles and Coach Beamer recently. Schools can now call once a week, but no other coaches have tried to reach the Palmetto State star so far.

“Not really,” Taylor replied when asked if he had received calls from other schools besides Virginia Tech. “I