Taylor 'Excited' to Receive Michigan Offer

Hopewell (Va.) 2015 defensive end Darrell Taylor talks Michigan offer, when he plans to visit Ann Arbor, other schools of interest, his decision timeline and more.

Hopewell (Va.) 2015 defensive end Darrell Taylor received some good news last week when a surprise visitor stopped by his school with a Michigan offer.

"I was just in school and coach came to class and get me," Taylor said. "He said ‘Michigan was there.' I said ‘Michigan? Where did Michigan come from?' I was like ‘Wow!' Then, I talked with my recruiter coach Roy Manning, and he said, ‘We don't offer too many guys from your area. So when you get an offer from Michigan, it's pretty special.' I said , ‘Thank you!'

"I was just excited, because it's a big school – Michigan. I like their colors Maize and Blue. It was pretty special."

Now that the 6-foot-4, 225-pound, three-star prospect has his U-M offer, he says a visit to Ann Arbor is in his future plans.

"I am definitely going to check out Michigan's campus this summer," Taylor said. "I am going to go with my father and my stepmom. I want to fly out there and checkout the campus and then evaluate from there."

What exactly will Taylor be looking for on his visit to Michigan?

"I am hoping Michigan is a place I can go to get a great education," Taylor said. "Somewhere I can feel comfortable playing football and being in the community, being in the school. I just want to go there and make sure I can play big football and hopefully make it to the NFL."

Taylor, who hold double-digit offers, says Virginia Tech, Florida and Iowa are showing him the most interest in his recruitment. He has already been on campus visits to Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and Old Dominion. He also noted he would like to take visits to Florida, Miami (Fla.), Tennessee, Notre Dame and Iowa this summer.

"I just want to go to a program where I can see myself fitting in at the defensive end or hybrid defensive end-linebacker." Taylor said on his future school. "I also want a good education. I want to go somewhere where I can make big things happen for that team."

Taylor said he would like to make his commitment two months before signing day, so he can focus on his senior year of basketball.

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