Iowa NSD Profile: LB Kyle Taylor

Profiling and breaking down the latest signee, linebacker Kyle Taylor.

HOMETOWN: Washington, D.C. (Gonzaga HS)
POSITION: Outside Linebacker
RANKING: Three-Star, #10 OLB in East, #85 OLB in Country
SIZE: 6-1/230

RECRUITING STORY: This was an impressive win for Iowa on the recruiting trail and one that goes unnoticed. Yes, it was probably relatively easy considering his older brother Miles was already within the program. But image and reputation matters in recruiting and this was a situation where the Hawkeyes went all the way to Washington, D.C. and won out over Boston College, Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Virginia Tech for a linebacker.

EVALUATION: Taylor plays downhill and shoots gaps well in the middle of the line of scrimmage. He is able to navigate through traffic between the tackles to get to the ball carrier, and he is a strong tackler. He has to improve his speed and flexibility to be able to get to the sideline and run plays down. - Scout East Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn

I'm not going to count out Taylor at all because I know how quickly his older brother Miles has risen up the depth chart at Iowa and I know how physical of a player he has been for the Hawkeyes. Taylor reads and reacts to well everything in front of him and he fends off blocks well and can sort through the garbage in the middle very well. He's not the most fluid mover and his change of direction is a question mark, for sure. He'll likely redshirt and try to remedy those areas of concern. If that gets improved, the Hawkeyes are getting a very good football player in my opinion and someone that should have no problem transitioning to the college lifestyle because of Miles. Look at how well James Daniels was able to become acclimated. It certainly helped him that he was an early enrollee as well. I think Taylor will be fine and it may be a scenario where they may choose to bulk him up just a little bit and have him play on the inside. - Hawkeye Insider Publisher Derek Young

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