2015 DL Picks Up Maryland Offer

Chester (Va.) Thomas Dale defensive tackle Darvin Taylor II is one of Virginia's top prospects and he recently picked up an offer from Maryland. Taylor talks about where he is in the recruiting process and what he thinks about the Terps with FoxSportsNEXT.

Thomas Dale (Chester, Va.) sophomore defensive tackle Darvin Taylor II is one of the top prospects in Virginia and he is already causing a buzz on the recruiting trail. Taylor holds offers from Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Old Dominion, Miami, Florida State and he recently added an offer from Maryland to his extensive list.

"One of the Maryland coaches was at the school and he said they have been looking at me for a while now. The whole coaching staff finally got to see my tape and they liked it so they wanted to offer me a full scholarship," Taylor said. "I was excited, it's definitely nice hearing from another big time school like Maryland."

Taylor attended Maryland's the camp last summer and he is already somewhat familiar with the Terps' program.

"I had a good time beating up on the offensive lineman up there," said Taylor, who plans to return to Maryland camp this summer. "I didn't get a chance to check out the whole campus so this year I definitely want to get a tour of all that when I go back up there this year."

The Thomas Dale defensive tackle did catch a few Maryland games on TV last season and was impressed with the Terps defense.

"I saw them play Florida State, I think they have a strong defensive line and a pretty solid defense," Taylor said. "I talked to the defensive line coach when I was at camp last year and I enjoyed him a lot. We kind of bonded a little bit so that was nice."

Taylor said as a military child, location is not a huge factor for him. Taylor's father retired last year after 30 years of service and his mother will also retire this year after thirty years of military service.

"As long as I am able to talk to my parents and my parents can come up to see me, that is all that really matters," said Taylor, whose sister is a red-shirt senior on the basketball team at Newberry College (S.C.). "So I guess location is a factor, but it's not that big of a deal. It would be nice to stay somewhere close to home I guess."

While location may not be a huge factor for Taylor, he does have a few things that will play a key role in his decision.

"Number one is education first of all. I want to go somewhere where I can get a great education and I can bond with the players and coaches," said Taylor, who has a 3.26 GPA. "I want to go somewhere where I don't feel like just another number, I want to I feel like a person."

"Then the last thing is I want to make sure I can see myself living for there for the next four or five years."

Taylor has already made two unofficial visits to Virginia Tech and plans to visit West Virginia, Miami (Fla.), Florida, Florida State, South Carolina and Maryland this summer.

Maryland has plenty of competition for Taylor, who accomplished an extremely rare feat of making varsity his first year A.T. Thomas Dale. Michigan, Alabama, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Old Dominion, Penn State, Florida State, South Carolina and UNC all made a trip to Chetser (Va.) during the May evaluation period to check out the talented sophomore.

"I am enjoying the process so far. It feels pretty good and just have to thank God for all these different schools coming all the way down to Chester, Va. to see me play," Taylor said. "I am very humble though, I just want to keep working hard because, like my coach is always telling me, ‘I still play for Thomas Dale I don't play for all those college coaches yet.'"

With that in mind, Taylor said he focused on getting ready for next season and improving his technique.

"Right now, I am focusing on staying lower," Taylor said. "My goal by the end of this year is to be the No. 1 defensive tackle in the nation."


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