Tabyus Taylor Makes His Pick

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Hopewell (VA) senior Tabyus Taylor was a recipient of several scholarship offers Frank Beamer and company extended late last month. This morning, the 6’1″, 215-pound running back/linebacker prospect accepted Virginia Tech’s offer.

“When Tabyus got the offer from Virginia Tech, he started doing some research,” Hopewell head coach Ricky Irby said. “And then Shane Beamer came by on Monday night to watch our basketball game. That meant a lot to Tabyus. He felt very comfortable with Coach Beamer and the other coaches. He felt very comfortable with everything Virginia Tech had to offer.

“This morning he came in. He talked with his mother and he said he was ready to call and let coach know he is excited to be part of Hokienation.”

Taylor amassed over 3,000 total yards, including 2,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving, his senior season, in which he helped Hopewell to 6-6 overall record that included a first round victory in the 3A East Region playoffs. The Blue Devils signal caller totaled 25 rushing touchdowns, 10 rushing touchdowns, three receiving scores, and returned one kick-off for a touchdown. Taylor enjoyed several monster games, rushing for 403 yards against Petersburg and 302 yards in a playoff win over York.

Coach Irby sees offense as the talented athlete’s best side of the ball. Specifically, he believes Tech wants Taylor as a running back.

“He’s a big, physical kid,” Irby said of Taylor, who was a Richmond Times-Dispatch all-metro selection at wide receiver his junior season before moving to quarterback as a senior. “He’s very strong. He fits the big physical style they want up there. He put on 25 pounds of muscle since last spring. Plus, he got faster. He’s a very versatile kid. He has great ball skills as a receiver. I think he could line up as a receiver or running back at Tech.”

Coach Irby said previously that Fork Union could be a possibility for Taylor, but as of now prep school is not a certainty.

“The goal is for him to be there next summer,” Irby said. “We have him projected to qualify. He takes the ACT this Saturday. In the last month, he has taken SAT and ACT improvement skill courses twice a week. I’m hoping all this pays off for him.”

Virginia Tech now has 22 commitments in the class of 2014. Taylor is the second running back recruit in the class, joining Phoebus (Hampton, VA) star Marshawn Williams,