Wide Receiver, Class of 2024
Grimsley, Greensboro, NC
Last week, Grimsley (NC) four-star wide receiver Alex Taylor got another look at a few of his top schools.
On July 26, he was at Virginia Tech, while on Friday, Taylor was at NC State. He then spent Saturday at North Carolina. Taylor still isn’t ready to push forward too much in his recruitment, but the visits gave him more to inspect and more to consider with the schools he has interest in.
“At the beginning, I was just checking schools out,” Taylor said. “Right now, it’s about family atmosphere, the academic part. Then, how coaches look at me as a player and how I fit into their offense.”
Taylor, No. 211 in the 2024 Rivals250, was last in Blacksburg for the Hokies’ Spring Game. His stop last week gave him more to consider.
“It was a good trip and really moved them up,” Taylor said. “I don’t have a list, but [they are] raised in my recruiting. They re-offered me, and I went to the Spring Game. I’ve been talking to Coach (Brent) Pry and Coach (Fontel) Mines. It wasn’t talking so much about football, but Virginia Tech as a school and the culture as well.”
Mines has been Virginia Tech’s primary recruiter. He and Taylor, as well as Taylor’s family, talked at length during the visit last week.
“I really like them and they keep it real,” Taylor said. “We sat down, and he talked to me and my parents. They like him as a coach as well. I really just like him as a coach. I love his vibe.”
Taylor’s stop at NC State was also a return trip. That also gave him a chance to connect with the coaches.
On Saturday, Taylor made a return stop at North Carolina. He said he’s been in communication with the Tar Heels for some time and believes they’re turning a corner as a program.
“Last year, they had a down year, but Coach (Lonnie) Galloway is one of the first coaches who talked to me,” Taylor said. “I’ve got to show him some love. I’m trying to find out how the offense is, talking about him as a person, learning about him. I’m also getting to know Mack Brown as well.”
In June, Taylor camped at Clemson. The Tigers have also stayed in steady contact, which has continued to impress him.
“I went for the camp and talked a lot with Coach (Tyler) Grisham,” Taylor said. “They offered on my birthday. Me and him share the same birthday, which is cool. We keep up on a weekly basis, trying to build a better relationship with him. They’re talking about getting me back for a game.”
Though he hopes to attend more games this fall, the only one Taylor has set is Oct. 1 at Clemson for its game against NC State. He said he’s not in a rush.
“I’d say I’m a little still at the beginning, but probably the middle [of my recruitment],” Taylor said. “I’ll drop a list around spring time. On Sept. 1, after that, we’ll see what coaches talk to me, see who is recruiting me hard enough. After that I’ll drop a list, and we’ll see from there.”
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