DE Taylor Trying To Stay Patient

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- The coaching change at North Carolina has put Monte Taylor's recruitment into flux. The Charles Herbert Flowers High (Sprindale, Md.) defensive end is still planning a visit there, but he spoke with about other things going on with his recruitment.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- As defensive end Monte Taylor waits for his test score to make sure he is academically set for next season, he also continues to push through the recruiting process.

He counts North Carolina and Western Michigan as the schools to offer, and added Eastern Michigan and West Virginia are speaking with him.

"My offers are still Western Michigan and North Carolina," Taylor said during a practice for last weekend's Maryland Crab Bowl. "I'm scheduling them now. I'm going to North Carolina for sure and Western Michigan. I'll probably go to West Virginia."

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Taylor, who played at Charles Herbert Flowers High (Springdale, Md.), had a favorite, but he is uncertain of his status because of the coaching staff changes.

"North Carolina so far, but the situation happened with the (coaching change)," Taylor said. "We'll see. At North Carolina, I like the atmosphere. It feels like home and that's why I love it so much."

Taylor also is intrigued by the Mountaineers.

"West Virginia runs a 3-5 defense and we run a 3-5 defense, so I think that's a good fit for me," Taylor said. "I can drop back (in coverage) a little bit."

Taylor was originally being looked at as a tight end by schools, but he said schools were now looking at him to play defensive end, which is his preference.

"It's so fun," he said. "I can hit whoever I want to hit."

Taylor said he still really likes North Carolina and is checking out EMU and WMU, but thinks more schools will get involved soon.

"Once I get my highlight tape out and distribute it I think I will get a few more schools (involved in recruiting)," he said. "It should be done in a few days."

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