Phoebus (Hampton, VA) linebacker Caleb Taylor just picked up two more official scholarship offers, with Louisville and Maryland coming through for the 6-2, 230-pound junior. Virginia and West Virginia had offered previously and Taylor was able to visit Virginia this past weekend.
“They took us on a bus ride around campus, so I got to know the surroundings,” Taylor said, reflecting on the junior day experience he had at UVa on Saturday. “I went to the game. “Coach London was telling me Virginia is a great place for us and a great fit. Coach London is real cool. All the coaches are cool. Overall, my trip was crazy because there were a lot of my friends my other schools there.”
Taylor attended Virginia’s January 16 junior day, but this experience was more in-depth.
“I got to see the school a little bit the last time, but this time I went around a little bit more,” Taylor said. “On the bus ride, coach [Shawn] Moore was talking a lot about each building.
“I really liked Virginia, the surrounding and coaches. I also know people that play at UVa now, like LoVante Battle. I played against other guys who are at UVa now. They think it’s cool. It feels like home to them.”
A first-team all-state linebacker in 2008, Taylor missed much of his junior season due to a knee injury. He has the four official offers and also claims interest from Duke, Illinois, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. He plans to camp at the latter on June 5.
“I have to come to camp to get an offer. I’m going,” Taylor said. “I have to go show them I can still move after the knee injury.”
Taylor intends on attending the Nike Camp/Combine events at Penn State and Virginia Tech this spring. He also hopes to take unofficial visits to Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. On March 27, he likely will attend Virginia’s spring practice at Old Dominion University.
Is there a favorite right now?
“No favorites,” Taylor answered. “I’m interested in everybody. I need to find where I can fit in.”
There is no timetable for a commitment.
“I want to make a decision, but I also want to be sure,” Taylor said. “I...
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