Decision Time for Taylor

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After making an official visit to Virginia Tech this past weekend, Beaufort (S.C.) star defensive end Devin Taylor has now taken all five allotted official visits. The next step for the 6-6, 220-pound prospect is to make a decision, and one could come by the end of this week. The finalists include Duke, N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

“He really hadn’t said a whole lot about his schools,” Beaufort head coach Mark Clifford said. “That is Devin. He has just been taking it all in and analyzing it all. Now, he’ll just go though the positives and negatives of each school. Hopefully, he’ll have something by this weekend.”

A quiet personality, Taylor even has his coach guessing in terms of which schools are the favorites.

“Really, I haven’t got a clue,” replied Clifford when asked if a school or schools had the edge. “Every school is a good program. Every school has pluses. Devin would be a heck of a poker player. He is holding it all in. It is really hard to say where he might go.”

Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer is expected to stop by Beaufort today around 2:30 and will have an in-home later tonight. His son, South Carolina assistant coach Shane Beamer, is also expected at the school this afternoon. Coach Clifford has not yet spoken with Taylor about the official visit to Blacksburg, but he did speak with primary recruiter Charley Wiles.

“Coach Wiles thought it went well,” Clifford said. “He said he thought the combination of Engineering and football there is the best opportunity for Devin.”

Getting a degree in Engineering is important to Taylor. Four of the five favorites offer a degree in the desired field, with Wake Forest being the only school that doesn’t. Coach Clifford admits that this could hurt the Demon Deacons in the end.

On the gridiron, Taylor turned in a tremendous senior season. Earning Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-state honors, the talented end racked up 110 tackles including 19 tackles-for-loss and 10 sacks. A very good athlete, Taylor also plays basketball.

“With his frame, he has the potential to get to 260 or 270 pounds and still keep that speed and quickness,” said Clifford, whose team finished as the runner up in the Class AAAA, Division II state playoffs. “He has tremendous speed and agility. And he also makes good grades.”