Taylor Recovering from Bruised Ribs

4-star wide receiver Rendrick Taylor opened his senior campaign Saturday night against Pageland-Central and did everything but call the plays on Saturday. CUTigers.com witnessed Taylor's impressive performance, and we've got the latest from one of Clemson's top verbal commitments for the 2005 class, in this report.

WR Rendrick Taylor
6-2, 205, 4.5
Marlboro County High School
Bennettsville, South Carolina

The Marlboro County star suffered an injury in the second half when he got hit coming across the middle trying to catch a pass in the red zone. Taylor showed some heart by playing the remainder of the game, even in his injured state. "I'm okay," said Taylor. "I just bruised my ribs."

Taylor left the field Saturday night feeling that Marlboro County should have come away with a victory. His team lost to Central, the defending AA State Champions, 12-0. "I felt we were the better team and we should have won the game. We made too may mistake and we made some bad plays."

The talented athlete is doing everything he can to help his team win. Taylor was the kicker, punter, receiver, defensive back and also returned kickoffs and punts Saturday night. One of the highlights for Taylor on the night was a 70-yard punt. "The coach told me if I put my leg into it I could kick it a long way," said Taylor. "I was mad at someone on the sidelines and I just ran out there and punted it."

When asked how he prepares to play so many positions, the prize recruit responded, "I have good conditioning. I do it all in practice all the time."

Taylor expects to play receiver when he hits the field in Death Valley next season. "Right now I am supposed to play receiver. That's what the coaches are telling me, but I'm happy either way."

What does Taylor expect for the remainder of the season? "I want us to go out and play harder. I want us to play more focused. We need to minimize our mistakes and get the job done."

And how firm is Taylor's commitment to Clemson entering the heart of his senior season? Don't worry Tiger fans; he's set to wear orange next year. "I'm just glad the pressure is off," said Taylor. "It's easier for me to focus on our season."

We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding athlete from South Carolina, right up through signing day 2005.

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