Taylor Starting Early

Richmond (Va.) 2015 St. Christopher's cornerback Garrett Taylor is only a sophomore but his offer list is already over double digits. Taylor recently added an offer from Maryland to this extensive list.

Richmond (Va.) 2015 St. Christopher's cornerback Garrett Taylor is one of the top prospects in Virginia. Taylor has seen his stock rise over the past few months while adding a number of new offers, including one from Maryland.

"I called Coach Brattan and we had a great conversation and then he dropped the news that I had a scholarship offer to the University of Maryland," Taylor said. "I was really excited because he [Coach Brattan] has told me that Maryland is slower in their recruiting process, just because they really take their time evaluating players so I was trying to be patient and I guess my patience paid off because they finally came around and pulled the trigger."

The 6-foot-1, 187-pound shutdown corner said his recruiter, Tom Brattan, is a "really down to Earth guy". Both Taylor and his father have a great relationship with the Terps coach.

"I talk to Coach Brattan pretty often, he said he thinks I am the full package," Taylor said. "He said I am a tall long corner that he likes a lot and I can flip my hips, I can press man, play off man, and break on the ball well and then because I keep my grades up that is what really sealed the deal for them."

Taylor attended Maryland's game against Florida State last fall and even though the Terps couldn't pull out the win, Taylor was still impressed with the experience.

"It was a really good atmosphere and I liked it a lot even though they were losing," Taylor said. "I know they had a lot of injuries, especially quarterbacks but it was great to see that the fans were really into the game, they were supporting the team even though they were going through a little bit of a down time."

Taylor, who is interested in studying law, did check out some of the facilities at Maryland during his visit, but he did not get a chance to check out the whole campus or learn about the academics.

Taylor said he is planning to return either this summer for camp or next fall to "see everything Maryland has to offer," but as of now the Terps seem to be in a good position.

"I definitely think Maryland stacks up with the other teams I am looking at," said Taylor. "Especially since they are moving to the Big Ten and they are going to be playing against the best competition week in and week out, so that's definitely big."

So how does Taylor feel about the recent surge in his recruitment?

"It is really exciting and humbling at the same time, and a little shocking," Taylor said. "I know this process started a little early for me but I didn't expect double-digit offers before my junior season."

Taylor added, "I still have a lot of work to do but it lets me know I am headed in the right direction in terms of what I am doing."

Taylor said he prefers playing press man where he can lock down his side of the field.

"I would say my biggest strengths are being able to lock up a wide receiver man-to-man on the wide side of the field and being able to stick with them and get on their hips," Taylor said. "Being my size and being able to flip my hips like I do on the wide side of the field, I really feel like my ability to press and cover receivers one on one gives coaches the ability to worry about the other side of the field while I do my job ."

Taylor, who is running track this spring, continues to hone his skills this off season doing a mix of strength and conditioning by doing track workouts.

Taylor said he will probably start narrowing his list down some time soon, but only after he can do some more research on all of the schools on his list.

"After I do some more research on the schools, I will probably go back and get to some campuses and meet with some of the coaches some time after the summer," Taylor said. "So far I have been to Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, and North Carolina."

As for future visits, Taylor plans to visit Vanderbilt on May 4th and hopes to get back to Maryland for one of their one day camps. He also plans to attend the Clemson-Georgia game this fall.


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