Taylor Reflects on Senior Season, Prepares for VT

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Though his senior season is over, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) senior linebacker and Virginia Tech commit Bruce Taylor still has much to look forward to on the gridiron. The 6-3, 230-pound prospect, a 4-star recruit, has been selected to play in the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl next month and also will play in the ESPN All-American Game on January 4th.

Taylor is coming off of a terrific senior season, one in which his team fulfilled several goals.

“It was the most fun season I’ve had,” Taylor said. “We got a lot of things accomplished. We beat Conway. We went undefeated in the regular season. We won our region.”

Taylor, who saw time at inside linebacker, outside linebacker, and defensive end, racked up 188 tackles in total this year. More importantly, he stayed healthy following an injury-plagued junior campaign.

“This is the first year I’ve actually played a whole year at full health,” said Taylor, who dislocated the same shoulder twice last season. “I was coming off of shoulder surgery, but I felt great the whole year. There were some games where I could’ve played better, but who doesn’t think that about themselves. Overall, it was a great year.”

Taylor is being recruited by Virginia Tech initially as a middle linebacker, but he says he “enjoyed playing all three positions” he played this season. From here on out, he plans to prepare for his freshman year at Virginia Tech.

“I thought about playing basketball because I’ve always played, but this year I think I’ll just try to get ready for [Virginia Tech],” Taylor said. “I’ll see if I can play early. If it works out, it works out. I want to do whatever I need to do to get ready.

“The [Virginia Tech coaches] really think I could come in and play as a true freshman.”

The outstanding talent remains firm in his commitment to Virginia Tech and has remained firm since making the commitment last September.

“There hasn’t been any want in me to de-commit,” said Taylor, who will make his official visit to Virginia Tech on the weekend of January 18th. “They gave their word to me, so I gave my word to them. I’m still firm.”