One of the most impressive looking prospects in the 2016 class is Jacksonville (N.C.) Southwest defensive end Jimmie Taylor. The 6-3, 230-pounder was a menace for opposing offenses last year, recording 80 tackles, including 11 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks. That high productivity has caught the attention of the top programs around the nation including Michigna, who recently extended an offer.
“I had gotten home and my coach had called me and told me that Michigan had offered me a scholarship,” Taylor told Scout. “I was just excited and happy at the same time. I didn’t expect that news. I’m very interested in Michigan. I know it is a good school when it comes to academics and I know with the coaching staff having (Head Coach) Jim Harbaugh and (Defensive Coordinator) Coach (D.J.) Durkin that there is a great duo right there. I know Coach Durkin was at Florida and Coach Harbaugh is a big time coach and is really well known by coaching the 49ers. It is a great opportunity and I will really look at this offer. I’m definitely interested.”
“I want to visit there,” said Taylor. “I plan to go down probably next month. It’s not set and is still in the works.”
With Taylor now in the double digits in offers, his stock is clearly on the rise. He plans to get out and see as many of his new suitors as possible.
“My recruitment is going pretty good actually,” said Taylor. “I’m recently hearing from Florida, Tennessee and picked up an offer from Virginia. I don’t have a top list, but I plan to visit Florida and Tennessee and that’s about it for right now.”
While Taylor has many of the tools needed to excel at the next level, he is working hard this off-season to take his game up another step.
“I play very aggressive and I like to come off the ball real hard,” said Taylor. “I’m good with my hands, speed and my quickness is very good in my game