Hargrave FB Recruiting Notes

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Virginia Tech’s coaches are on the recruiting trail and Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, VA) was one of their stops on Thursday. HMA postgraduate head coach Troy Davis took some time to discuss Virginia Tech 2010 recruit Justin Taylor as well as which other prospects the staff may be evaluating.

“The staff was in here yesterday to say hi,” said Davis, who as first-year head coach has guided the Tigers to a 7-0 record. He mentioned Frank Beamer and Bryan Stinespring as the coaches that stopped by. “They did say they’ve noticed how [Justin] has matured. He has gotten bigger.”

Taylor, who attended South Stanly High School in Norwood, North Carolina, stands at 6-3 and weighs around 230 pounds. The talented defensive end signed with the Hokies in February of 2010 but needed to attend prep school in order to boost his SAT score.

“As far as the test is concerned, we’ll know in two weeks,” Davis said. If Taylor gets the score he needs, he’ll enroll at Tech in January. “He feels real good about it. And Virginia Tech is looking forward to him being there.”

Football-wise, a postgraduate season has helped Taylor, who only had two years of high school football experience. He entered HMA as an athletic but raw prospect.

“He has grown a lot from a physical standpoint,” Davis said of Taylor. “I feel like he is quicker. He is more physical. When he got here, he was totally raw. He told me, ‘Coach. I haven’t been coached up like this before.’ We’ve helped him learn the basic fundamentals.”

According to Coach Davis, Virginia Tech is evaluating at least six uncommitted postgraduate prospects. They include offensive lineman Taylor Fallin, fullback/tight end Shedrick Davis, center Kevin Hart, tight end Trevor Loveland, linebacker/defensive end Quinn McClendon and linebacker Jimmy O’Grady.

Fallin, a 6-6, 325-pound prospect out of Bowie, Maryland, entered HMA as a full qualifier. Like Taylor, he had only two years of high school football experience.