Taylor’s Recruitment Heating Up

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Hopewell High School (VA) standout Darrell Taylor watched his cousin, Tabyus, earn and accept a football scholarship offer from Virginia Tech in the class of 2014. Tabyus’ offer came relatively late in the recruiting process, in November of his senior year. Darrell, a junior and potential defensive end or outside linebacker on the major college level, has enjoyed early recruiting success that began when the University of Virginia offered a scholarship on January 26, 2014.

“I felt really great about it,” Taylor said of the Virginia offer. “Not many coaches come to Hopewell High School, so our coach puts us out there. When [Virginia] offered I was really excited. It shocked me at first. I didn’t think I’d get any offers my junior year.”

Virginia Tech and Charlotte came through with offers shortly after Virginia, and earlier this week the 6’4”, 220-pound prospect scored an offer from Illinois. At this stage of the recruiting process, Taylor is staying patient and waiting to see which other opportunities arise in the coming months.

“I’m keeping my options open, whether the school is in-state or out-of-state,” Taylor said when asked if he had any favorites.

Taylor is interested in the in-state schools. He was scheduled to visit Virginia Tech this past weekend, but that visit was cancelled because of weather. Taylor now plans to head to Blacksburg on April 26 for the Hokies Spring Game.

Taylor has not yet visited Virginia Tech but has been to UVa once. He reflected on that trip.

“I went there about a month back. It was a great experience,” said Taylor, who plans to return to Charlottesville for a Junior Day on March 1. “I liked it up there. They welcomed me there. I liked all the coaches. They have a good defensive program. The defensive coordinator showed me and another kid from Delaware some film on what they do.”

You would think that Tabyus heading to Blacksburg would be a plus for Virginia Tech in Darrell’s recruitment. Asked directly about this, Darrell said: “I think about it a lot but I don’t think it’ll have any impact. I’ll go to whatever school I want to go to. I love my cousin to death, but it doesn’t matter where he chose to go to school.”

Hopewell’s Blue Devils finished the 2013 season with a 6-6 overall record that included a playoff victory. Taylor was a major factor for head coach Ricky Irby, who used the versatile