SHRINE BOWL 2013: Taylor Hearn

SPARTANBURG - Three-star offensive line commitment Taylor Hearn wasn't an original selection to the 2013 South Carolina Shrine Bowl roster.

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But the Williston-Elko senior has made the most of the invite.

"I've done well. I've got to keep working at it, got to keep playing fast, strong and physical," Hearn told CUTigers, after practice at Spartanburg High School.

A three-star offensive tackle, according to, that's where Hearn played throughout his high school career. But, for the majority of this week, he's played a lot of guard.

"It's different," Hearn said. "It takes a little getting used to, but I think I'm handling it well. I think I'll do alright."

The No. 96 ranked offensive tackle in the class of 2014, Hearn isn't sure if he'll stay at that position or move inside when gets to Clemson next summer.

"[Robbie Caldwell] has talked about guard and tackle, but he really hasn't made a decision yet," Hearn said.

Defensive ends coach Marion Hobby serves as the primary recruiter for the 6-foot-5, 305-pound prospect. They stay in regular contact.

"Just to finish strong in the classroom, stay in shape and keep lifting weights everyday, running," Hearn said, when asked about Hobby's message over the last few weeks.

With signing day less than two months away, Hearn looks forward to making his commitment official.

"It's big, big excitement. I've dreamed of playing college football my whole life. Now, it's becoming a reality. It's overwhelming almost," he said.

As far as expectations for next season go, Hearn wants to make an early impact.

"Just to try and impress the coaches as much as I can, maybe get me a little [playing time]," he said. "And just make some good lifelong friendships, get to know a bunch of people." Top Stories