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Earning scholarship offers from across the country and impressing on the combine circuit, Levonta Taylor’s reputation as a top recruit grew before he ever stepped on the football field his junior year. The 5’11”, 175-pound cornerback lived up to the billing this fall, returning three interceptions for touchdowns, three punts for touchdowns, and two kickoffs for scores while helping Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) to an undefeated season and a state title.
Taylor, who is in the running to be the top overall prospect in the state in the class of 2016, discussed the 6A state championship the Dolphins captured earlier this month.
“We played as a team. We played for each other. That’s what I really like about this team,” Taylor said. “I’m happy we got the win.”
Taylor’s defensive talents were evident in the title contest. A physical corner, he had a few good, hard tackles against Centreville. He also returned a punt for a touchdown, though the play was called back due to a block in the back.
“It was a tight game. Offense couldn’t score, so I knew I had to do something special,” Taylor said, recalling the punt return. “I just caught it, made one guy miss, no. 4 came so I gave him a stiff arm, juked the other guy inside, and then I scored.”
The return may have been called back, but Ocean Lakes went on to win in overtime, 30-24. Like most juniors, Taylor will now turn his attention to recruiting. We are entering Junior Day season and Taylor expects to be on the road making college visits in the months to come.
“I’m not sure where or when, but I know I will be [making visits],” Taylor said. “I’ll be looking more at the college depth charts and what I want to study.”
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