Virginia Tech will be one of the official visit destinations for 6-6, 215-pound Beaufort (S.C.) defensive end Devin Taylor . Taylor, who is one of Virginia Tech’s top remaining targets at the defensive end position, has at least three other schools that he may take official visits to, but it appears Tech will get the first shot to impress.
“I was supposed to make an official visit [to Virginia Tech] in September, but they rescheduled it,” said Taylor, who has never visited Blacksburg before. “I think it is now going to be for one of their last two home games.”
Duke, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are among the programs that have extended official scholarship offers. Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and N.C. State have expressed more serious interest in recent months as well. South Carolina, which hosted Taylor on an unofficial visit for the Mississippi State game earlier this season, will receive an official visit.
“I’ll probably take one to Wake and one to Duke, too,” Taylor said.
Taylor gave his impression of the in-state Gamecocks program.
“I’m still interested in them,” Taylor said of South Carolina. “They are a pretty good team when they want to be. They still have some things to work out, just like we do. I have gotten a good feel for [the program]. I feel like I could fit in there.”
Though he has never visited Virginia Tech, Taylor has a lot of respect for the football program.
“They have a good program,” Taylor said of Virginia Tech. “They beat Clemson at Clemson. That got me more interested in them.”
Tech is led by primary recruiter Charley Wiles, who has been sure to keep in consistent contact with the South Carolina prep standout.
“I talk to him on a weekly basis,” Taylor said. “He tells me how I could be used in their defense. I could possibly get mixed in early with how they rotate their defensive ends. I could get early playing time.”
Though he certainly would welcome the opportunity, early playing time is not a huge factor for the Beaufort star.
“If playing early does happen, I would accept it. If it doesn’t, it wouldn’t matter,” Taylor...
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