Azzanni, Martinez staying after Taylor

Levonta Taylor is the top-rated junior in the state of Virginia and one of the nation's best cornerbacks. See what the Scout four-star said about the Vols in his second interview with InsideTennessee.

BEAVERTON, Ore. — One of the better ways to improve in a particular sport is to play against and amongst more experienced competition.

Levonta Taylor’s qualifying for the 162-man field at The Opening sped up his maturation process with his being a Class of 2016 prospect going head-to-head with the nation’s best from the 2015 class.

The Scout four-star and No. 4-rated cornerback in America said doing so “makes me a better player” going up against older, elite pass-catchers.

The top-rated rising junior in the Old Dominion State shows athleticism and aggressiveness that has schools all over the country interested, including Tennessee.

Heading up the recruitment of Taylor for the Big Orange is recruiting coordinator Zach Azzanni.

“He’s real cool. He’s always hitting me up,” Taylor said of the Vols’ second-year assistant.

The path from Ocean Lakes (Va.) High School to Rocky Top was blazed previously by current Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter. It’s a journey that Tennessee coaches have educated Taylor on.

The defensive backs coach in Knoxville is Willie Martinez. Taylor said Martinez made certain the four-star was at the front of the line for repetitions at camp this summer at Tennessee.

Click on the InsideTennessee video below to hear more from Taylor in regards to his time at The Opening, his relationship with Tennessee coaches and more:

Discuss Taylor's recruitment with InsideTennessee analysts and subscribers by clicking here.

Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.
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