Lineman Loading Up On Offers

<B>Phillip Taylor</B> has scholarship offers from some impressive schools like Penn State, Illinois, Maryland, Virginia, Michigan State, Duke and others. Does he still list UVA as his leader?

One of the strongest offensive line prospects from the Atlantic region is Phillip Taylor from Brandywine (Md.) Gwynn Park High School. Taylor, 6-4 and 340 pounds, bench presses 410 and could play on either side of the ball at the next level at offensive guard or defensive tackle. For Taylor, he wants to play defense.

"I fire off the ball and play in my opponent's backfield all night long," said Taylor. On offense I play tackle and I am a drive blocker. I am always working on my speed and quickness and I would like to get my weight down into the 315 pound range."

According to Taylor he has scholarship offers from Maryland, Penn State, Virginia, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Syracuse, Illinois and Duke.

"Maryland is an up and coming team and I know them pretty well. I have some teammates there and they may have an advantage.

"I know one of the Penn State coaches (Coach Norwood) very well because he knows my uncle very well.

"At Virginia I like their coaches and facilities.

"We have some players and former teammates at Cincinnati and Michigan State. Same with Syracuse. I get a ton of mail from Illinois and I went down to Duke for a combine earlier this spring and liked it.

"Those are the schools I like and I am wide open with everyone right now."

At this time Taylor hopes to camp this summer at Georgia, Penn State and Virginia. He carries a 3.38 GPA and has scored a 890 on the SAT. Taylor recorded 30 tackles including two sacks and racked up 15 pancake blocks on the offensive line.

The Devils Den Top Stories