Noah Taylor (photo by Brian Dohn)

Virginia commit Noah Taylor said Big Ten schools could get visits

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- Gaithersburg (Md.) Avalon's Noah Taylor is committed to Virginia, but several other schools could grab visits from him.

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Noah Taylor, a safety and outside linebacker prospect, committed to Virginia in August but a number of schools continue recruiting him.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Taylor also picked up offers from PittsburghIndiana and Temple, and he remains in consistent contact with Rutgers and Penn State, both of which are talking about a potential offer.

"I'm still exploring my options," said Taylor, who plays at Gaithersburg (Md.) Avalon. "I don't see a school that has been outstanding, besides UVa. The outside linebackers coach (Kelly Poppinga), and the rest of the coaches, they really care about you. It's like they're all related, they're all brothers and they're all on the same page."

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During the Maryland Flex 7-on-7 at Wise High, Taylor said he visited Penn State and speaks regularly with assistant coach Charles Huff.

"They love me as an athlete," Taylor said. "They want to see where I fit. They are waiting to see where I fit in there. He just wants me to get a little bigger, get a little more aggressive."

A trip to Rutgers is also on Taylor's mind, and he said a visit as early as this week could take place.

Although Taylor is yet to visit campus, he already heard plenty about the Scarlet Knights through former teammate and class of 2017 defensive tackle Axel Nyembwe. The Duke-bound senior made several visits to campus and nearly flipped to Rutgers, but on signing day opted to stay with his long-time commitment to Duke.

"He loved Rutgers," Taylor said. "He went there a bunch of times. He loved it there so I just want to experience what he did."

Although Taylor envisions his perfect position as an outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense, he is willing to play other spots. Visiting Rutgers will allow him to see more of the program, and learn about the defense.

"I know they have a great coaching staff," Taylor said. "I know they want me to play a nickel, kind of a walk-down safety type of player."


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