Taylor down to 10

HOPEWELL, Va. -- Over the past few months, Darrell Taylor's recruitment has exploded. Now, the 2015 four-star Hopewell defensive end has narrowed his list to ten schools.

"I'm down to ten schools – Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee, Miami, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Virginia Tech, UNC, Michigan State and Ohio State – in no particular order," said Darrell Taylor.

"I had 26 offers, so I thought it was about time to cut it down to ten. I just feel comfortable with all the recruiting coaches from those schools. They all told me the things I needed to know and not just what I wanted to hear. They all told me about their school, academics and football."

Which schools are pursuing Taylor the most aggressively?

"I'd say Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Florida and Miami are recruiting me the hardest," said the 6-foot-4, 227-pound Taylor. "It means a lot to me that they're showing a lot of interest in me as a player and as a person."

Taylor competed at the Columbus NFTC on Ohio State's recently.

"Ohio State looked pretty good, but I didn't get to see what I wanted to see because I didn't get to stay that long," he said. "I wanted to get a chance to talk to coach Urban Meyer, but couldn't because it's a dead period.

"(Tight ends) coach (Tim) Hinton is recruiting me. He's a fired up guy – I really like coach Hinton. We stay in contact a lot and we have a pretty good relationship."

Of all the coaching recruiting him, Taylor is closest with an in-state coach.

"I'd say that I have the strongest relationship with (running backs) coach (Shane) Beamer at Virginia Tech," Taylor said. "I just like coach Beamer. When I call him, he always talks to me a lot. We can talk about anything and he's willing to listen."

Taylor will take some trips this summer.

"I know I'm going to visit Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida and Miami," he said. "I don't have any dates set, though."

He has a timeline for his recruitment.

"I'll probably narrow my list again sometime towards the end of the summer," he said. "I'll probably cut it to five. And then, I'll probably make my decision around the start of the football season. It will probably be right before our first game."

What will be the main factors when he make his decision?

"The main thing is that I want to go to a school where I can get a great education," Taylor said. "I know I'm obviously going to go to a school that has big-time football, but I want to go somewhere that I feel comfortable, too."

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