Tigers Looking Good for Taylor

According to StudentSports, which runs the national Nike Camps, the best defensive back at the Blacksburg Camp was Centreville (VA) strong safety Richard Taylor, and his offer list certainly backs that up.

S Richard Taylor
5-10, 190, 4.4
Centerville High School
Clifton, Virginia

"I have been offered by Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Delaware, and Kent State," says the 5-foot-11, 185 pounder. "Michigan and Clemson are also going to offer, but the Nike Camp did exactly what I needed it to do. It saves me from having to go to some one-day camps this summer, so it saves me some time and money."

Taylor, who could play as either a running back or defensive back, says that he could end up as an "athlete" for some schools.

"I think a lot of schools are going to take two athlete cases, and that is what some are talking about. I think I will end up at the strong safety position, but I want to gain about 5-10 pounds before this season and get down into the 4.3 range. I would like to be the Roy Willias type of player as a hard hitting safety. It seems to be a great situation, but I just want to go somewhere and find my niche."

With several schools on his list, Taylor is hesitant to name his top school.

"I hate to say there is a number one school, because I have only been to Maryland and Georgia Tech, along with Virginia and Virginia Tech, but I would have to say Georgia Tech, Clemson, and Maryland are my top three schools. I am very excited about all of the schools, and I am not afraid of going into those situations."

The situations could come soon as he would like to end his recruitment early and commit in the near-future.

I want to end the process before the end of the summer, or even the end of July if it gets too hectic. What I need to work on is my GPA. I have a 2.75 right now, but if I can get it up, that makes me more marketable because a school like Maryland says they can take 10 guys this year with a GPA above a 3.0 and 10 guys below that."

Taylor rushed for around 700 yards in just a handful of games as a junior before moving to defense due to an injury.

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