TT Spring Recruit Tour: Gonzaga's Kyle Taylor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In Gonzaga's (Washington, D.C.) 2014 class, cornerback Myles Taylor signed with the Iowa Hawkeyes, and apparently he has a younger brother who might be even more heavily recruited than he was. Class of 2016 linebacker Kyle Taylor, a 6-foot-1, 230 pounder with a motor off the edge, started every game last year and ended up recording 85 tackles and 11 sacks.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In Gonzaga's (Washington, D.C.) 2014 class, cornerback Myles Taylor signed with the Iowa Hawkeyes, and apparently he has a younger brother who might be even more heavily recruited than he was. Class of 2016 linebacker Kyle Taylor, a 6-foot-1, 230 pounder with a motor off the edge, started every game last year and ended up recording 85 tackles and 11 sacks.

"I think I had a real good year last year. I moved all around the defense – inside linebacker, outside linebacker and defensive end – and just made plays," said Taylor, who doubles as a lacrosse defender. "I still have a lot to work on with my game and just getting a lot stronger and even faster, but I think I did well for my first year starting."

Taylor did enough to secure his first scholarship offer in March. And it just happened to come from his brother's Iowa Hawkeyes.

"With Myles going there, they knew all about me around, so they got in touch and just offered," Taylor said. "I was shocked to tell you the truth, but Myles, he was ecstatic. He was just happy I got an offer, not just because it was Iowa, but he was pumped the school he was going to offered me too."

Would Taylor potentially like to play with his brother at the next level?

"That would be kind of cool, but I honestly haven't really thought about it all that much yet," Kyle Taylor said. "I know Iowa is a great school and the coaches are great and I hear it's a great campus, but I've mainly been focusing on working out and lacrosse. I haven't paid too much attention to recruiting yet."

Even so, the college coaches have been streaming through Gonzaga to speak to his coach about him. Taylor said Maryland, Connecticut, Penn State, Virginia, Wisconsin, Clemson, Nebraska and a handful of others have come. He's personally been in touch with Ole Miss, Temple and North Carolina, in addition to Iowa, via social media.

"I'm just taking it all in right now, and whatever happens happens," Taylor said. "I'm going to try and take some visits this summer. I'd like to see Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and some schools around the area that we can easily drive to. I'll see if I can plan all that out after I'm done with lacrosse."

Taylor May be busy, but he did attend a Penn State game last year. It's the only campus he's seen thus far.

"I loved it up there," he said. "The atmosphere, the fans – it was awaesome. I liked it a lot. Hopefully they recruit me."

The Gonzaga linebacker is also hoping the hometown Terps recruit him. He hasn't had much contact with UMD yet, but that could change if he camps or visits Maryland this offseason.

"I'd love to get interest from Maryland," Taylor said. "I love where I live, the D.C. area. And a lot of guys that I know go to Maryland now. I know Jesse Aniebonam, who signed there -- he's really good friends with my brother, too. And I love watching Stefon Diggs play.

"Maryland's great. They're going to the Big Ten, they're right down the road… yeah, I'd love to hear from them."

Taylor does not have any dream suitors or ideal destinations, however. He said whatever program takes a chance on him he'll consider.

"I just love college football so I'm not a fan of any one team or anything like that," Taylor said. "I'd just like to have some options and then I'll take a look at what's out there for me."

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