Defensive end standout Justin Taylor signed with Virginia Tech in February of 2010, but he had to go to Hargrave Military Academy to raise his SAT score. The 6-3, 220-pound prospect has received good news according to HMA postgraduate head coach Troy Davis.
“The test score he got matched up with what Virginia Tech wanted him to get. He’s qualified and he will enroll there next month. He’s a Hokie,” said Davis, who guided the Hargrave postgraduate program to an undefeated season in 2010.
“He’s very excited about it. I’m excited. I’m happy for him.”
Taylor originally committed to Tech out of South Stanly High School in Norwood, North Carolina. He only played two years of high school football but was productive in those two seasons, including a 16-sack senior season despite missing four games due to a hamstring injury.
Taylor, known for outstanding speed and athletic ability, wasn’t a full-time starter at Hargrave but has excellent upside according to Coach Davis.
“He was a specialist on third down, when we needed somebody to rush the quarterback,” Davis said. “He was just a little light and we needed some bigger guys in there. On third down, he gave us a good speed rush. He’s explosive. Once he gains more weight, he’ll have the ability to go against those bigger linemen on every down. He already has the athletic ability.
“He just needs to get stronger. He has continued to work hard throughout this year.”
Despite not being a full-time starter, Taylor was dedicated to the Hargrave program.
“He has great character,” Davis said. “I never had any problems with him. He is a ‘Yes sir, No sir’ kid. He works hard.”
Taylor knows where he will be next month. Coach Davis, though, is still in the midst of finding a home for many other players. The Tech coaches expressed initial interest in three offensive linemen – Taylor Fallin, Kevin Hart and Frederick Ruff. Tech has not been in touch on any of these three in a few weeks, but Fallin and Ruff have other FBS offers from which to choose.
Fallin, a 6-6, 330-pound prospect, has been offered by Memphis and Bowling Green. Ruff, a 6-5, 280-pound prospect, has been offered by Mississippi State and Rutgers, among others.
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