East No. 11 OLB Noah Taylor is committed to Virginia, but Big Ten school still interested

Gaithersburg (Md.) Avalon outside linebacker prospect Noah Taylor is committed to Virginia but talking to a Big Ten school.

Gaithersburg (Md.) Avalon outside linebacker prospect Noah Taylor committed to Virginia just prior to his junior season, but schools continue to check in on him.

The one school on him the most, outside of Virginia, is Rutgers, where he made an April visit.

"It was nice," the 6-foot-4 1/2, 182-pound Taylor said. "That is probably my second school. It was really nice and I like the way they use their outside linebackers. They said their starting outside linebacker this year, he might (get drafted) next year."


Taylor made the visit to campus during spring practice, where he saw the coaching staff in action.

"I sat in on a meeting," he said. "I talk to the defensive coordinator, coach (Jay) Niemann. He tells me he needs me there and wants me there. The practice was high intensity but they had a small group of kids."

Taylor remains committed to Virginia for a variety of reasons.

"To me, they have one of the best linebacker coaches (Kelly Poppinga) in the country, one of the best linebacker coaches I've ever seen," he said. "No school has interested me more than UVa yet, but I always have to keep my options open because you never know.."

In talking to schools, Taylor has another focus.

"I want to hear what other schools have to say, maybe hear what I have to work on," he said. "I want to learn things like that so I can bring it back to my high school, and then when I get to college, take all that information and make me better."

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