6-0, 230-pound linebacker prospect Caleb Taylor maintains four scholarship offers – Louisville, Maryland, UVa and West Virginia – prior to the start of the Evaluation period. The Phoebus (Hampton, VA) standout junior will have an opportunity to show what he can do on the camp circuit this spring and summer, when he attends Nike Camps at Penn State and Virginia Tech and summer camps at Virginia Tech and possibly UNC.
Connecticut, Duke and Michigan are also showing interest in the 2008 all-state performer, who missed most of the 2009 season due to a torn ACL. Taylor has been cleared medically and is anxious to show that he is back to form.
“I’m excited about it,” Taylor said the upcoming camp circuit. “I’m going to do drills and more one-on-ones. I’m ready for it.”
Visit-wise, Taylor stopped by UVa last week for its Spring Football Festival.
“I liked it because everybody was there,” Taylor said. “All the coaches were there and they showed everybody love there, too. Coach West, Coach Moore, Coach Poindexter, Coach Reid, Coach London, Coach Hanson…they all talked to me, and Coach Moore and Coach Poindexter told me about when they were there. And everybody got to play in the game.”
Taylor was accompanied on the trip by his mother, who also came away impressed.
“I talked to Coach London and he said he really liked me,” Taylor said. “He had a chance to meet my mom and talk to her. My mom said she really liked him. Virginia is one of the schools she likes. It was her first visit, so I look forward to taking her to more places.”
What’s Taylor’s interest level in the Cavaliers?
“A decision is far off because I want to take my mom around and get a feel for other schools,” said Taylor, who did not name a favorite when asked. “I do have a lot of interest in [Virginia]. I saw a lot of students out and they were having fun and playing around. They were all friendly. Everybody’s nice there. People would stop and say hi. It was good.”
UNC impressed Taylor recently as well. The Phantoms star made two trips to Chapel Hill last month.
“They are friendly there, too,” Taylor said. “The campus is crazy. Everybody was out. The coaches were cool and the practice was fast.”
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