DE, 6’2”, 220, Northwestern High School (Miami, FL)

Demetrius Taylor is an explosive edge-rusher, who can play with his hand down or from a standing position. Playing in Dade County’s incredibly competitive high-school environment has given Taylor the edge for playing against higher-caliber competition. As a result, we may expect to see him be one of the earlier 2017 commits to see the field at Appalachian. Taylor brings a variety of quickness and moves to the pass rush, but is also a powerful north/south force.

Taylor had nine sacks, two fumble recoveries (one went for a critical game-winning touchdown), and blocked an astonishing three punts. He was named Florida 6-A All-State first-team, All-Dade County first-team, and played in the Miami Dade County North/South All-Star Game.

Taylor may end up being one of the true steals of this class, given his versatility to perhaps end up in either or both of DOG outside linebacker or defensive end positions. The blocked punts are a testament to his quick-twitch release off the line, and his straight-ahead power will only increase with work in App State strength & conditioning program. Taylor is also another key commitment from the talent-rich South Florida area.



KEY MOMENT: At 0:31, Taylor bursts through the middle of the line in the district championship and literally takes the ball right out of the back’s hands for the game-winning points.


Taylor is a violent player who uses his hands well and plays with a north/south mentality. He’s interested in just one thing, destroying plays in the backfield, and is highly successful in working through or around blockers to get there. As is often the case, App State staff will want to work on the precision of his moves and techniques, but his explosiveness off the snap is incredible.

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