Offer Profile: Hopewell’s Tabyus Taylor

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Tabyus Taylor totaled 480 yards of offense (301 rushing, 179 passing) and four touchdowns as Hopewell (VA) defeated York, 29-13, in a 3A East Region first round contest. No question, last Friday night was a good one for Taylor. Tuesday of this week wasn’t too bad either, as this was the the 6’1″, 210-pound senior learned that he had received a full scholarship offer from Virginia Tech.

Tech becomes the first school to offer Taylor.

“He’s a kid I think should be getting more offers,” Hopewell head coach Ricky Irby said of Taylor. “Academically, he is getting it turned around. He’s digging his way out of a hole. We ran the latest transcripts, and if he keeps it up he is going to be eligible.”

Academics have been a question mark for Taylor over the past two years. His ability on the football has not been a question for the Blue Devils standout, a Richmond Times-Dispatch first-team all-metro selection at wide receiver his junior season. As a senior, Taylor moved from receiver to quarterback and has racked up almost 1,900 yards rushing and 24 rushing touchdowns. He’s also pretty good on defense, where he tallied 13 tackles from the middle linebacker spot in last week’s win. Taylor added a blocked field goal in the game for good measure.

“Tabyas is just so good with the ball that we had to get the ball in his hands,” said Irby. “He’s not the greatest passer, but he gets the job done for us. He has unbelievable ball skills and hands. Some schools also like him on defense and see him as a linebacker.”

More schools could enter the picture here soon. Maryland, in fact, requested transcripts the night that Tech offered. But will Taylor wait long to make his college choice?

“We really haven’t talked a lot about it,” Irby said. “We have a big playoff game on Saturday. I think he is excited about that first of all. I do think it says a whole lot that Virginia Tech was the first one to say, ‘We like you and we want you.'”

Though Taylor has improved greatly in the classroom the past few years, postgraduate work could be in order.

“That has been in the discussion,” Irby said, referring to Taylor possibly going to prep school before arriving in college. “Shane (Beamer) reiterated