Class of 2014 recruiting is the primary focus of major college coaches right now, but some class of 2015 prospects are getting in on the action as well. St. Christopher’s (Richmond, VA) rising junior cornerback Garrett Taylor has seen his stock rise in recent weeks and months, and right now the 6’1″, 187-pound prospect has been verbally offered by six major FBS programs.
“So far I have (scholarship offers from) Tennessee, Ole Miss, Kentucky, UNC, VT, and UVA,” Taylor wrote in a Facebook interview.
As just a sophomore in high school, Taylor is realizing a dream of being a major college recruit.
“I will be the first major college football player in my family,” Taylor wrote. “It feels really good because I have always told my dad and older brother that playing college football was something I was going to do. Having that be my dream and seeing it come true and unfold in front of my eyes along with my parents and my brother and sister is amazing.”
Taylor arrived on the varsity football stage as a freshman, when he earned a starting cornerback spot on head coach Michael Turner’s squad. The Saints finished the 2011 season with a 9-3 record that included a runner-up finish in the VIS Division 1 state playoffs.
“My freshman year I played just cornerback and returner,” Taylor wrote. “My defensive coordinator and coach Turner had me playing a lot of man-to-man that year. This year I played cornerback again and I also played some offense at wide receiver. Seeing how well I did last year, my defensive back coach let me play even more man in order to lockdown my side of the field. Coach Turner also gave me the role of being more of a leader this year, both vocally and leading by example.”
Reflecting on his performance in the 2011 state playoffs, Taylor wrote: “The state title run was amazing. Everything that could have gone right for us did, and we were also playing the best football of the year at that time. Personally, I believe I played very well in all our playoff games. I only remember one pass being caught on me throughout the playoffs. I also was very good with my open field tackles.”
Though he has experience on offense, Taylor is viewed as a cornerback on the college level.
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