Projected Position: Defensive End
Rivals: 3-star, #25 weakside DE, #28 player in North Carolina
247: 3-star, #45 weakside DE, #32 player in North Carolina
ESPN: 3-star, #76 DE, #36 player in North Carolina
Power 5 Offers: 9
Jimmy Taylor is the only defensive end the Hokies signed in the 2016 class. He chose the Hokies over nine other Power 5 conference programs. He was recruited by defensive line coach Charley Wiles, who patrols the Jacksonville, NC area.
Though Taylor might be a middle-of-the-road prospect according to most recruiting sites, he has a solid number of offers, and many of those offers came from major programs. They include UNC, Florida, Michigan and Tennessee.
What do all those programs see in Taylor? Let’s take a closer look…
Initial burst: Taylor gets off the line of scrimmage quickly. It’s common for him to beat the opposing offensive lineman off the snap, using his quickness to get into the offensive backfield. That’s extremely important in Virginia Tech’s one-gap scheme.
Underrated strength: Taylor is a little bit stronger than his size might suggest. Some of that might be due to his initial burst and the fact that he’s attacking and getting under offensive linemen before they have a chance to set up properly, thus he’s knocking them into the backfield and making himself...
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