Favorites emerge for three-star LB

Caleb Taylor, a three-star linebacker from Hampton (VA) Phoebus, is starting to get a lot of attention from Louisville. The Cardinals recently offered a scholarship and Taylor has been in contact with several members of the Louisville coaching staff. He's planning a visit and says Louisville is one of his favorites.

Caleb Taylor, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker from Hampton, Va., is getting a lot of attention from Louisville.

The Cardinals recently sent an offer to Taylor, his fourth this spring, and the three-star prospect has been in contact with Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford, linebacker coach Brian Jean-Marie and Larry Slade, who recruits Taylor's area.

"They went really well," Taylor said of his discussions with the Louisville coaches. "They told me about their [junior day] on March 27 and that everybody in town is very excited that Charlie Strong came in. We have a good connection. If my mom says yes then I'm going [to visit]."

Taylor missed most of his junior season with a knee injury that required corrective surgery. He's on the mend this spring and college coaches are interested in his potential. Larry Slade has developed a solid personal relationship with Taylor, while Bedford and Jean-Marie, who is known as Coach B.J. to recruits, have told him he could make a big impact at linebacker for the Cardinals.

"It's more of a personal connection with [Slade] because he's from [my] hometown," said Taylor. "[Bedford] just talked about needing good linebackers to make plays and [Coach B.J.] said he saw my tape and thinks I can make play in a couple years in a red and black jersey."

Taylor also has a friend from his area currently playing at Louisville, redshirt freshman linebacker Mike Privott. Shortly after receiving the Louisville offer, Taylor said he contacted Privott to find out more about the Cardinals.

"After Louisville offered I talked to [Privott] and he said he likes it there and he said the new coaching staff seemed really cool," Taylor said. "He told me to hit him up when I'm coming up there."

Besides Louisville, Taylor holds offers from Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. He recently attended Virginia's Junior Day and came away impressed with Mike London's program. Taylor said Louisville and Virginia currently top his list of favorites, though West Virginia is also under strong consideration.

"I like the new coaching staffs at Virginia and Louisville, they're both really cool," Taylor said. "You could say they're my two leaders right now. I like West Virginia, too. I haven't talked much to Maryland but I'm going up there to visit soon."

Taylor is planning to attend Nike Camps at Penn State and Virginia Tech, plus a one-day camp at VT.

"I play inside linebacker in high school," Taylor said. "I can get to the ball and shed blockers."

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