What to Like: Taylor is massive. At 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds, he is a very large human being and already has ideal size to step in and play at the major college level. He has long arms and shows flashes of being a dominant run blocker at the high school level. Because of his combination of size and strength, when he locks onto a defender in the running game it's usually over for that opponent. He plays at one of the state's premier prep programs. He's used to winning. He's used to being in a competitive environment. He is well coached. He should come here with a good understanding of the game and how to play the position. He's also a kid Miami's staff has had a chance to work with at camp and follow throughout the process. This wasn't a fly by night type of offer. UM did their homework and is a kid they really wanted in this class.
What may concern you: Like most high school kids with that type of size, he's had weight issues in recent years. He's been up near 350 before and that's something that will have to be monitored going forward. Often times these kids gain more weight following their senior seasons and show up out of shape. He's also very limited in his pass pro skills. A lot of that is because Cocoa High doesn't throw the ball too much so their linemen aren't asked to pass pro in a traditional sense too often. He has the tendency to take plays off from time to time, too, and he'll need to focus on going hard every single play.
Bottom Line: Taylor is a good prospect from a premier prep program, one that Miami has tried recruiting for years. Some of his other offers were from schools like USF, Cincinnati, Tulane, and Temple so he was being recruited like a 3-star player. He is Miami's first O-Line commitment in the 2016 class and he's been to the school a handful of times so he's not likely going to switch his commitment later in the year -- something Miami's struggled with in recent years. He's a solid prospect, and this has the potential to be an excellent addition for the Hurricanes.