Southwest Onslow (Jacksonville, N.C.) star Jimmie Taylor IV spurned scholarship offers from Duke, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and NC State, among others, in favor of Virginia Tech. The 6’4”, 225-pound senior defensive end, who stayed a solid commit the midst of a changing of the guard in Tech’s football program, spent this past weekend at his future school on an official visit.
“The weekend was great,” said Taylor. “I had the chance to talk to Coach Wiles. I also talked to coach Bud Foster. I also talked to Coach Fuente. We talked a lot one-on-one. I loved it down there. I had a great time. I hung out with Tim Settle and Trevon Hill. Both play on the DL. We all had a great time together. I even spent time with Brenden Motley a little bit.”
The decisions of Bud Foster and Charley Wiles to stay and work under new head coach Justin Fuente were important to Taylor, although it appears he likely would have stayed with his original decision regardless.
“When the coaching situation happened, as far as that goes I really just wanted to know whether Coach Wiles was going to be there and if Coach Foster was going to be there. There are lots of reasons why I chose Virginia Tech, but having them there is like icing on the cake,” Taylor said.
“[Having Foster and Wiles still on staff] is very important. I love Virginia Tech, but knowing the person that recruited you will be there is nice. Coach Wiles recruited me. And Bud Foster, he is one of the greatest defensive coordinators ever.”
New Tech football head coach Justin Fuente has made a positive impression as well.
“He’s an offensive-minded coach. He does have a way he wants to run things,” Taylor said, referring to Fuente. “He is a good, humble guy. Everything is very straightforward with him.”
Taylor is set to graduate from Southwest Onslow this month and has already gained admission to Virginia Tech, where he plans on enrolling in mid-January for the 2016 spring semester.
“I’m very excited,” Taylor said of enrolling early. He signed grant-in-aid papers with the Hokies back in late October. “I have a chance to further my education, a chance to lift weights, and a chance to get...
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