Hargrave Report: Taylor Focused On One Goal

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There is no question of where Justin Taylor wants to be come January. A standout defensive end prospect out of South Stanly High School (Norwood, N.C.), Taylor signed a letter of intent with Virginia Tech this past February. He is currently enrolled as a postgraduate at Hargrave Military Academy, determined to work to accomplish his primary goal of being at Virginia Tech by the start of next year.

“I don’t care about other schools. I love that school,” Taylor said of Virginia Tech. He also had offers from Auburn and N.C. State out of high school. “I’m looking forward to finally getting home.”

Taylor is certainly welcoming of the coaching he’ll receive and the extra year of football experience he’ll gain at Hargrave. Academics are, however, his top priority at the Chatham (VA) school.

“I want to make sure I can stay on top of the academics. I’ve got my attitude set for it,” said Taylor, who needs about 30 points on the SAT to get to Tech.

“Being here is going to make me work harder in school. I need to get into good study habits. That’s all I got on my mind because when January comes I’d love to be at Virginia Tech.”

Taylor’s time at Hargrave has been short, having enrolled less than two weeks ago. So far, though, he is adapting well and optimistic about the coming months.

“It was tough at first, but it’s making me a better player,” Taylor said. “The guys here, I fit in good with them. Coach Davis is a great coach. Definitely, he’s a man of his word.”

Football-wise, “It’s definitely making me a better player,” he said. “I’m going against some good competition. I have to get my hands better and stuff like that.”

In 2008, Taylor entered his junior year at South Stanly having never played high school football. He did well, showing off athleticism that caught the attention of a handful of major FBS