RECRUITING: DT Taylor Gets Two More Big Offers

Phillip Taylor is a 6-4, 340-pound defensive tackle from Brandywine (MD) Gwynn Park, a high profile recruit who gets a new offer almost every day from a Division I school. While he's not ready to whittle down his choices just yet, the Florida Gators are making a strong push to make the final cut.

Two high profile programs just got their offers in for the Maryland superstar of Vince Wilfork proportions but the Gators put in their bid much, much earlier.

"Recruiting is going well," Taylor said. "The phone was ringing off the hook at the beginning of the month. Miami and Oklahoma have been the most recent offers."

He is nowhere near the point where he can pare down his list of offers. With new offers coming in every day, he still hasn't had the time to take a second look at any schools. However, one school he's planning to take a long, hard, second look is in Gainesville. The Gators are definitely on his summer to do list.

"No favorites right now," he said. "I haven't been to Gainesville but will take an unofficial this summer, probably in the next month or two."

Wide receiver Coach Billy Gonzalez is recruiting Maryland for the Gators. He's been influential in keeping Florida in the mix. Taylor likes what he hears from the Gator staff.

"The Gators are recruiting me hard and Coach Gonzalez is recruiting me hard," Taylor said. "He is a good coach. He told me they didn't recruit many linemen last year so there is an opportunity there (to play early). I talked to Coach Meyer and he is a great coach."

With his school year coming to a close on June 8, Taylor has done well in the class room and he's ready for the summer break. He's got a 3.38 GPA and he's already taken the SAT, on which he said he did "okay."

Playing defense for his Gwynn Park team in 2004, Taylor recorded 30 tackles including two sacks. On the offensive side of the ball, he racked up 15 pancake blocks. He bench presses 410. Although he could play either side of the ball at the next level, he says he wants to be a defensive tackle. He plays every down of offense and defense but stamina, he says, is not a problem. He says he works hard in the weight room to make sure he's in good enough condition to make a difference for his team on either side of the ball. Taylor is one of the big reasons that Gwynn Park is considered a powerhouse for the 2005 season in Maryland.

"We are going to be good because they are comparing us to our 2000 team that went to the state championship," Taylor said. "We have a lot of athletes on defense … we went 11-1 last year and our whole defense is coming back."

Phillip Taylor understands that his Gwynn Park team will have high expectations this year. He is well aware that he will be in the limelight with college recruiters putting his every move on the playing field under the microscope but if he continues to attack his opponents with the same intensity that he shows in the classroom and in the weight room, you can expect to be hearing great things about Gwynn Park and about Phillip Taylor this fall


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