Taylor is a gamer. He was at his best during his junior season when the pressure was on. He was the tip of the spear on a state championship performance in which the Peoria HS Lions put up a ridiculous 62 points. A true dual-threat, Taylor is exactly the type of quarterback who Garrick McGee can weaponize.
Tale of the Tape:
A solid 6'3", 215 pounds with legitimate speed in the open field, Taylor is physically a mix of Nathan Scheelhaase and Juice Williams. A dynamic athlete with a hint of playground football to his game, Taylor just has that knack for making the big play, whether it be with his feet or his arm.
While other young dual-threat quarterbacks scramble at the first sign of pressure, Taylor does a surprisingly good job of staying in the pocket when he needs to. He throws his receivers open and has great timing on his deep ball.
How He Fits:
It might be easier to list the ways Taylor doesn't fit, to be honest. He has good size, a strong arm, good speed, and serious playmaking ability. But the biggest fit here is that he's a prolific quarterback from within the state of Illinois. More specifically, he's from CENTRAL Illinois. Virginia Tech got a good one in Quincy Patterson, but Taylor gives the Illini exactly what they wanted in a QB.
Just to set this precedent now, Taylor is NOT going to be Lamar Jackson. He has a little Tommy Armstrong Jr. to his playing style. Taylor did a lot of damage with his feet as a junior at Peoria. He, along with junior RB Geno Hess both put up stupid numbers on the ground, but the key for Taylor moving forward will be improving his throwing consistency. He had a great playoff run, but will need to be more precise and sharp at the next level.
Taylor will enter a mix of quarterbacks including Jeff George Jr., Chayce Crouch, Cameron Thomas, and presumably Dwayne Lawson. Early playing time isn't out of the question, but it's always tough for young quarterbacks, even the elite ones, to come in and find success right away.