Potential In-State Race For Taylor?

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Phoebus (Hampton, VA) linebacker prospect Caleb Taylor spoke with several Virginia Tech coaches last Saturday. He got a somewhat better feel for where he stands in terms of a scholarship offer, but for now he is holding steady at four official offers – Louisville, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia.

“[The Virginia Tech coaches have] watched tape,” the 6-2, 230-pound linebacker said. “They like me and would want me to play inside for them. Coach Foster thought I fit into the defense. He wants me to come to camp because they don’t have that many scholarships. They want to make sure my knee is good.”

There doesn’t appear to be any guarantee, but “If I did good at [Virginia Tech’s June 5] camp, I think I’ll have an offer,” Taylor said.

The Phantoms star, who missed most of last season due to a torn ACL, enjoyed Saturday’s experience in Blacksburg.

“I liked it because I got to talk to Coach Cav, Coach Foster and even Coach Beamer,” Taylor said. “It was crazy. I was looking around and there weren’t a lot of people there, but then all of the sudden it filled up to 40,000. That was just crazy. Before the game, there was tailgating, partying, people coming up and asking me if I liked the school. They have a great fan base. I like it up there.”

Following the experience, Taylor says Virginia Tech “is in my top three.”

What other schools are up there?

“The ones I’ve visited most are UVa and Tech and I like those, but I want to see West Virginia this week, Louisville and Maryland,” Taylor said. “UVa and Tech are high on my list.”

Taylor compared Virginia and Virginia Tech…

The defenses, based on what he saw at each Spring Game

“I liked both of them,” Taylor said. “Both defenses flew around the ball. I didn’t get to see what Tyrod could really do because they could only touch him. Logan Thomas is an animal. I think he’ll be the next quarterback for them. I watched Lyndell Gibson, Steven Friday, who is a former Phoebus player, and James Gayle from Bethel. At UVa, I watched my former teammate LoVante Battle and people I’ve played against before.”

The atmosphere at each Spring Game

“The Spring Game at