Star Sophomore Reflects On VT Visit

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St. Christopher’s (Richmond, VA) sophomore cornerback Garrett Taylor boasts nine major scholarship offers, including Clemson, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Penn State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.  The 6’1″, 190-pound prospect has visited four of these schools, most recently heading down to Blacksburg last Saturday for Virginia Tech’s Prospect Day.

“I was very impressed throughout the day,” Taylor wrote in a Facebook interview.  “The coaching staff had a lot of energy and sent a really good message, especially with the tradition of a great defense, which definitely caught my attention.”

According to Taylor, the coaches emphasized “first that academics were the most important.”

Football-wise, “they expect a lot from their players in order to keep the great tradition of the football program and defense going,” Taylor wrote.

Last Saturday’s visit provided Taylor an opportunity to get to know more Tech coaches.  Of particular importance for the star cornerback was the opportunity to meet defensive backs coach Torrian Gray.

“My relationship with the coaches is great.  Especially with Shane and Frank Beamer.  I feel like I am very close with both of them,” Taylor wrote. “I met the defensive backs coach, Coach Gray, for the first time, which went really well.  We hit it off immediately and I liked what his philosophy was in terms of what the mindset of his DB’s should be.”

Taylor, who has visited five schools in total, discussed what’s next for him on the recruiting trail.

“I have visited VT, UVA, Maryland, UNC, and Tennessee,” Taylor wrote.  “My next visit planned is to Alabama on April 20th for the spring game. Hopefully I can get down to FSU because they want me down there and then up to Michigan sometime in the next couple of months.”

Taylor he said in an earlier interview he hopes to narrow his list of schools later this year, perhaps as early as the fall.  As of now, he is waiting to see which schools come through with offers and taking as many visits as he can.

“I am definitely still keeping my options open in terms of schools,” Taylor wrote.

TSL’s Take:  Virginia Tech made a strong impression on Taylor, one of the state’s (and perhaps