Beaufort (S.C.) defensive end Devin Taylor made an official visit to South Carolina this past weekend. He enjoyed his experience in Columbia. The 6-6, 215-pound senior has only one other official visit scheduled, and he plans to take it before making a college decision.
“I’m having a visit at Virginia Tech on January 19th,” Taylor said. “Nothing else is set right now. That is the only one I know for sure.”
Taylor, who boasts scholarship offers from Kentucky, South Carolina and Virginia Tech, among others, discussed his first official visit experience.
“It was a good experience,” Taylor said. “I got information from the players about South Carolina, like how the coaches are in practice. I got to know the coaches better.”
Asked what his impression is of the South Carolina program after the official visit, the mild-mannered Taylor answered “It’s still the same as when I went in. It is about medium-high.”
Taylor, who does not claim a favorite, says his interest in Virginia Tech is “medium-high” as well. He has never been to Virginia Tech before, so the official visit will be his first experience in Blacksburg.
Beaufort enjoyed a terrific 2007 season, making it to the Class AAAA Division II Championship game. Taylor, who played tight end and defensive end for head coach Mark Clifford, was a big piece of Beaufort’s production. He estimates that he racked up 80 tackles including 18 tackles-for-loss and 11 sacks.
“Knowing I helped the team with victories and to come up with big wins was important to me,” Taylor reflected. “I made plays when we needed plays and I did it on both sides of the ball.”
A versatile and athletic prospect, Taylor, who also plays varsity basketball, projects as a defensive end on the next level. He has been selected to and will play in the NC/SC Shrine Bowl, which takes place next Saturday.
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