Visit Puts UNC Among DE's Favorites

Out of school for spring break, Darrell Taylor headed south on Wednesday to make his first trip to North Carolina.

"It was just a great visit," Taylor said. "… I really liked it up there. I just think North Carolina is a great school. I could picture myself playing there. I could see myself committing there, because it seemed like a great place to go."

Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder from Hopewell (Va.), reports 11 scholarship offers. Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, UNC, Purdue, Virginia, and Virginia Tech highlight his list.

Wednesday's visit not only injected UNC into Taylor's favorite schools list – along with Maryland, Virginia, and Virginia Tech – it also put the Tar Heels in a dead heat at the top with Virginia Tech. He has visited each aforementioned school, plus Old Dominion.

"When I visited it just stood out to me at Virginia Tech and UNC," Taylor said. "They made me feel welcome – not saying the other schools didn't, but I just felt really good being there."

Taylor doesn't anticipate making a verbal commitment until after the football season.

Accompanied by a couple members of his family, Taylor arrived in Chapel Hill on Wednesday afternoon. The group departed around dinner time.

"We got a chance to talk with Coach [Larry] Fedora, who gave me insight of what he thought of me and how I would fit into their defense. I got to talk with [Ron West] and he was just telling me what weight he would start me playing at."

Within its 4-2-5 defensive scheme, UNC projects Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder from Hopewell (Va.), to play Bandit.

"It doesn't really matter to me where I play, because I really like defense," Taylor said. "But I play that kind of role for my high school team now."

While in a Bandit role for Hopewell, Taylor finished his junior season with 65 tackles, 18 sacks, and an interception.

In addition to meeting with the coaches, Taylor's stay included a campus tour which included in-depth looks at the football facilities and the business department, his desired college major.

"It was pretty much what I expected," Taylor said. "I knew they were going to have great facilities. Overall it was great."

Next weekend, Taylor plans to return to Virginia Tech.

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