Tyler Baylor

Tyler Baylor, grandson of former NBA great Elgin Baylor, has ACC, Big Ten, SEC football offers

Olney (Md.) Good Counsel OLB Tyler Baylor talks about past, future ACC and Big Ten visits and offers.

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Tyler Baylor made a few summer visits, and has a few he wants to make in the coming weeks and months.

The outside linebacker from Olney (Md.) Good Counsel saw Ohio State and Notre Dame in the summer, Maryland at various points, and he is planning trips to Kentucky and Pittsburgh in the spring.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Baylor, who is being recruited as an outside linebacker and defensive end, holds offers from Kentucky, Pittsburgh, North CarolinaMinnesotaLouisvilleRutgers, Syracuse and Tennessee.

"It's picked up so quick," Baylor said of his recruitment. "It's way more than I expected, I'm not going to lie. It's great. I am taking this opportunity to soak it all in and take the recruiting slow.

"I'm honored receiving all of these."


Although Maryland is yet to offer, Baylor thinks highly of the Terps, and coach D.J. Durkin's plan.

"They talk about building the program," Baylor said. "They want to keep all the in-state recruits to bring something special. I like how they are doing it. I feel like it is a very nice thing for the community. I think it is a great thing going on."

His recruiter with the Terps is receivers coach Chris Beatty

"Our relationship is starting to pick up," Baylor said. "He's a great dude. He's really family oriented. He always welcomes me with open arms, so I appreciate him."

Baylor, the grandson of former NBA star Elgin Baylor, made summer visits to Notre Dame and Ohio State, and he remains in touch with both coaching staffs.

"What really stood out to me at Notre Dame was the whole education standpoint of it," he said. "I went there for two days and they introduced me to the whole academic staff. I was able to meet with counselors and they spoke to me about the education. It made me take a look at everything else."

Ohio State also had a profound impact on Baylor.

"The campus is beautiful," he said. "The football stadium and the facilities ...it was a amazing seeing it. That was one of my first visits, so I am using that one to compare to other schools to see everything, and that one was amazing."

Next up are trips to Kentucky, where former teammate Joshua Paschal signed earlier this month, and Pittsburgh.

"Kentucky, they are down-to-earth people," Baylor said. "Josh is going there, so I want to take a trip down there and see how it is. I'm interested in the new facility they just built. I'm hearing good things about it. I want to take a look for myself and see how it is."

Paschal is also mentoring Baylor on the recruiting process.

"He continues to tell me to work hard and stay humble," Baylor said. "He's not really recruiting me there. He is telling me to choose somewhere that fits me best, and where I want to go and where I want to play."

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh's interest in Baylor caught his attention.

"They make it seem like I'm one of their top prospects," he said. "I'm intrigued by that, and they have a good program. I feel like in a couple of years it will be a top tier team. I want to visit the campus and see how it is."

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