Myrtle Beach (S.C.) linebacker Bruce Taylor has been committed to Virginia Tech since September of his junior season. It has been a long road for the 4-star prospect since then, so he is certainly glad that he will finally make his decision official in less than two weeks.
“It has been a bunch of different stuff to go through since I committed,” said Taylor, who plans to sign a letter of intent with the Hokies on February 6th. “Some people recruited me harder since I told them I committed and some backed off. I still think I made the right decision to commit when I did. It was easier for me to play having made the decision than it would have been if I hadn’t have made it.”
After an injury-riddled junior season, Taylor racked up 188 tackles including 29 tackles-for-loss in his senior year. The first-team all-state performer played the entire year without injury, helping Myrtle Beach to an undefeated regular season and its first victory over rival Conway since 1994. He also earned a spot in the prestigious NC/SC Shrine Bowl.
A star linebacker in high school, Taylor acknowledges the possibility of moving to defensive end in college.
“I’m 6-3, 240 pounds. I’m pretty big right now. I think they are thinking about moving me down to defensive end. Coach Foster just mentioned linebacker to me over the weekend, but I know I could move. It doesn’t matter to me. I just like to play defense,” Taylor said.
Taylor was one of many committed prospects in Blacksburg last weekend for an official visit. He enjoyed his experience.
“It was real good,” said Taylor, whose host was defensive end Orion Martin. His roommate was Stone Bridge defensive back/linebacker Jeron Gouveia. “I met a lot of the guys I’m going to come in with. Just being there I felt like I’ll be a good fit. I feel at home up there.”
Taylor has high expectations for his freshman year.
“I want to get on the field early,” Taylor said. “I would like to start, but I know the chances are slim. I at least want to get on the field.
“Coach Beamer said they are ready to get to work with me. I’m ready to work.”
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