Taylor Talks VT Camp, Summer Plans

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By signing Desmond Frye in 2012 and DJ Reid in 2013, and with CJ Reavis set to sign in February of 2014, Virginia Tech has enjoyed quite a bit of recent success in recruiting Thomas Dale High School (Chester, VA).  The Tech coaches are looking to continue the impressive recruiting run at Dale in the class of 2015, as head coach Frank Beamer has offered a scholarship to Knights defensive tackle Darvin Taylor II .

The 6’3″, 290-pound Taylor traveled to Blacksburg on June 2 for Tech’s first one-day camp of 2013.  He had already been offered by Beamer, so he did not need to prove anything to the Tech coaches, but he still decided to participate.

“I thought I did very well,” Taylor said of his performance at Tech on June 2.  “I can still improve on some things, but I thought I played well.”

Taylor has plus agility for a big man, but his strength was perhaps most impressive.  Once the Knights’ star got a head of steam, he was hard to handle for most of the offensive linemen in the one-on-one portion of the camp.

“I’m naturally strong, but I’m still working out in the weight room to be the strongest man on the team and then the strongest on campus,” Taylor said.  “I’m still working on strength and technique.  I have three main moves right now.  I’m going to try to get to five moves, so I can play around with some guys.”

Taylor has captured the attention of more than just Virginia Tech’s coaches.  Florida State and Miami, in fact, were the first schools to offer, doing so on the same day earlier this spring.  Maryland, N.C. State, Old Dominion and West Virginia have offered scholarships as well.

“Right now I’m just trying to enjoy the process,” Taylor said.  “I’m going to be looking more into that next year.  I should know where I’m going to go by the time I go into my senior year.”

In July, Taylor plans to head to South Carolina for a camp and also hopes to visit Maryland, West Virginia, South Carolina, Florida State and Miami.  Taylor has visited Virginia Tech several times, and so far he is impressed.

“It’s like home,” Taylor said.  “Both of my parents like it.  Players I’ve played with the past couple of years are there.  The last time I went, I wanted to see how the coaches interact.  I