Thomas Dale (Chester, VA) class of 2015 defensive tackle Darvin Taylor II arrived at school yesterday still waiting for his first major college scholarship offer. This morning, the 6’4″, 290-pound prospect heads to school boasting offers from Florida State, Miami, and Virginia Tech.
“Everybody I’ve talked to is happy for me,” Taylor II said. “They are all telling me to stay humble. It’s going to be a fun process, but I have to stay humble and stay hungry. I just want to give all the glory to God.”
Of the schools that offered on Thursday, he said: “I like all of them.”
Taylor II started a few games on the varsity level his freshman season before becoming a full-time starter on the varsity as a sophomore in 2012. He was a full-time defensive player, seeing action at defensive end when Dale ran a 3-man defensive front and defensive tackle when the Knights went to a 4-man front. He played some tight end as well.
“I thought I did very good, but every year there is something to improve on,” Taylor II said. “I want to improve on my explosiveness and staying a little lower to the ground.”
College coaches have expressed excitement about Taylor II’s combination of size and athletic ability at the defensive tackle spot.
“They have said they like my footwork, the way I move around and run the field. They think I have a lot of explosiveness,” said Taylor II, a 3-sport athlete at Dale (football, basketball, and track).
The summer will be a busy one for the Knights standout. He plans on attending Virginia Tech’s camp on June 2nd, and he also will attend camps at Maryland, N.C. State, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Taylor II made UVa’s camp last summer.
So far this year, Taylor II has visited Virginia Tech twice. He and teammate CJ Reavis attended Tech’s Prospect Day event on April 6 and the Spring Game on April 20. Assuming Reavis follows through with the commitment he gave Frank Beamer, the Hokies will have signed three Thomas Dale products in as many classes. Does this impact Taylor II’s own decision?
“It does a little bit. I played with guys that are up there now, (2012 recruited walk-on) Quinton Taylor and (2012 signee) Desmond Frye. They’ll be able to talk to me about how they are enjoying life at Virginia Tech,”...
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