Top DE Recruit Talks VT, New Offers

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Darrell Taylor saw his recruitment pick up some serious steam last week, when Florida, Miami, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame and Tennessee extended scholarship offers. What does the 6’4”, 220-pound Hopewell (VA) rising senior think about these recent developments on the recruiting front?

“It made me feel good, but it was kind of overwhelming because they all came at one time,” said Taylor, who is being recruited by most schools (including Virginia Tech) as a defensive end or outside linebacker. “First was Tennessee. Then Florida, and then Michigan and Miami came the same day. It made me feel special, though.”

Taylor grew up a Florida Gator fan. No question, that scholarship offer means a lot.

“[Florida is] pretty high on my list because it was my favorite school growing up,” Taylor said. “I was liking them when I was little when they had Tim Tebow. They are really high on my list. I look forward to going to UF to meet the head coach. I’m going to go sometime in the summer.”

Taylor and Bruce Smith at Tech's 2014 Spring Game
Taylor and Bruce Smith at Tech’s 2014 Spring Game

Florida is one of the top out-of-state contenders. If Taylor decides to attend college in Virginia, Virginia Tech would be the favorite. The Blue Devils’ standout says UVa is “lower on my list” but speaks highly of the Hokies, who he saw in action this past Saturday.

“I got to go to Virginia Tech and it was a great visit,” Taylor said. “I got to see the Spring Game. I saw what I wanted to see from the defense and a couple of players I know do good things. Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith, I got a chance to meet him. I met Tyrod Taylor. Overall, I really like Virginia Tech and can picture myself playing there.”

Virginia Tech’s coaches “were stressing the point of feeling comfortable with which school I go to,” Taylor said when asked what recruiting message the Tech coaches had for him. “They