Terps Offer Resonates With D.C. LB Taylor

Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) inside ‘backer Kyle Taylor pulled a Maryland offer March 5.

The Terps were tracking linebacker recruits March 6, and one of head coach Randy Edsall’s offers went out to a local product in nearby Washington, D.C. Gonzaga inside ‘backer Kyle Taylor, the younger brother of Iowa safety Miles Taylor, pulled in his fifth verbal from UMD and called it “a big deal.”

“It was a pretty sweet offer to tell you the truth,” said the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Taylor, who also holds offers from Boston College, Iowa, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. “There’s just something really special about getting an offer from your hometown school. It means a lot. It’s an offer I was hoping to get.

“Coach [Mike] Locksley, who recruits my school, he was actually the one to tell me about the offer. I’ve talked to him a few times before, but nothing too in-depth yet. I had no idea [the Terps] really wanted to offer me, so it was a good surprise. Hopefully I’ll have more contact with Coach Locksley and Maryland moving forward.”

Taylor, unlike some of the other prominent local recruits, has not visited College Park, Md., in quite some time. He did attend a Terps hoops game this year, but it was just as a fan. In other words, he wasn’t there to chat with the staff or tour the facilities.

“I do want to get up there though now that I have the offer,” Taylor said. “Now that I know they’re interested I’m going to look more into Maryland. I’d like to get up there for a practice or something like that just to meet the coaches and see what the school is like. I know it’s a very good academic school and they play in a great conference [the Big Ten], but I haven’t really looked into Maryland too much yet.”

Although he hasn’t been delved deeply into the UMD program, he is well aware of the DMV-to-UMD movement the Terps’ staff has been pressing on local 2016 recruits. Taylor said he’s discussed it with friends at rival high schools, and it’s a concept that’s on his mind now as well.

“The whole ‘Movement' thing is pretty cool, honestly,” Taylor said. “It’s just cool to see great players you’ve played against go to the hometown school and represent Maryland. Kids around here are talking about it, and now I have an opportunity to be one of those kids who joins in. It’s something I’m thinking about, but we’ll see. I’m still exploring all my options.”

One of which is Iowa, a school he’s seen a couple times since his brother is currently in Iowa City. He’s also been to PSU, BC, UMD, UVA and Va Tech.

“I haven’t been to many places recently, though,” Taylor said. “But me and my dad are planning to visit a good number of schools this spring. I’ll probably get to Maryland, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Wisconsin, back out to Iowa again – a whole bunch of places.”

As of right now, Taylor is claiming no early standouts or leaders. He said not even his brother’s school, Iowa, can be considered a frontrunner at the moment. Taylor insisted he will go through the process and take a number of visits before listing any standouts or leaders.

“I have no timeline for making my [college] decision,” Taylor said. “When I feel extremely comfortable to commit to a certain school, I will. But I am hoping I make it before the season.”

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