Taylor Shifting Focus

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --- With his junior season quickly approaching, Jimmie Taylor has concluded his summer visits. The four-star defensive end from the 2016 class camped at North Carolina, NC State, and South Carolina the past few months.

“I couldn’t tell you who’s sticking out,” Taylor said. “I’m still evaluating everyone.

“[On each visit], I’m looking at how far the school is. When they talk about classes, I listen to that. I look at the dorms, the facilities, and how they do all their training.”

While visiting UNC for Fedora’s Freak Show in June, Taylor only saw the football facilities and worked with the Tar Heels’ coaching staff. However, two prior visits to the campus – a spring time junior visit and a football game last season – provided the 6-foot-2, 201-pounder from Southwest Onslow a complete view of the school.

“It seems like a pretty good school to me,” Taylor said. “I like it. It’s a good little environment. I could play there.”

Most recently, Taylor camped at South Carolina.

“It was pretty cool,” Taylor said. “I liked it. I think I did pretty good [in the camp].”

In addition to the three aforementioned schools, Taylor has previously visited Duke and East Carolina.

Taylor plans to resume recruiting trips this football season, but doesn’t have any definite plans.

“The schools that come and invite me, I’ll consider visiting them,” Taylor said. “I’ll definitely go to a Carolina game.”

Taylor is unsure which UNC game he’ll attend, though he would like to see the Tar Heels play East Carolina in Greenville on Sept. 20. He also would like to visit Florida - if not during the season, then after.

Dan Disch recruits Taylor for UNC. Taylor says he keeps in regular contact with Disch.

“He has just told me to take my time, make sure I visit all the schools I want to visit,” Taylor said. “And then when it comes time to make my decision, [Disch told me to] talk it over with my father and my family.”

Taylor also speaks often to former Tar Heel and former Southwest great Kendric Burney, who works in the area.

“I’ve talked to him about his experiences,” Taylor said. “He told me he really enjoyed his time there.

“He told me to just stay humble, take my time, because there’s no need to rush.”

Taylor plans to take Burney’s advice. Taylor plans to wait until his senior year to make a verbal commitment.

In the meantime, Taylor’s focus is on Southwest, which has played for a state championship – and won the NCHSAA 1AA Championship in 2012 – in each of the two seasons that Taylor has started.

“I feel like we can go all the way again,” Taylor said. “… Our defense is [almost] all coming back. And then we have the same running backs and same quarterback. I think we can do great.

“I just want to get better and improve on everything from my technique to how to make a tackle.”

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