Taylor Cuts List

One of the top quarterbacks in the country has narrowed his list to five schools.

Hampton's Tyrod Taylor, a 6-1 1/2, 200-pound standout signal caller, has released the names of his five schools and plans on making a decision before the start of his senior season. So which schools made the cut?

"I have narrowed my list," Taylor said. "It's Virginia Tech, Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and N.C. State."

Penn State remains under consideration as well but is not as high as the aforementioned five. Taylor plans to take the summer to think about his decision and hopes to make a commitment before the start of his senior season.

"I'm intending on making my decision before my season starts," Taylor said. "I still have some things to look at and some people to talk to. The plan is to take visits to these five schools this summer. I'm not sure exactly when I will announce or how I will do it."

Taylor discussed what he likes about each of the programs that made the final five.

"Tech is there because they have made a point that I'm the only guy they want," Taylor said. "They have made that point since the beginning. And now they have coach Mike O'Cain, who coached Ronald Curry.

"Florida has been showing strong interest lately and showing me how they would use me. And they only have one quarterback on scholarship behind Chris Leak and that is Tim Tebow.

"South Carolina is there because of what Steve Spurrier does with quarterbacks and because of the quarterback situation. Tennessee does well with their quarterbacks, too.

"N.C. State is there because of Marc Trestman - the quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator. He has done a lot in the league."

Taylor is awaiting word on whether or not he will make the Elite 11 camp in July. When he visits these schools will depend on what happens with the Elite 11 camp, but he says he intends on committing before his senior season regardless.

Taylor has performed extremely well in two recent combines - the Elite College and the Nike Combine at State College. A dual-threat quarterback, he wanted to show how well he can pass the ball.

"I've shown coaches that I can throw the ball, too," said Taylor.

If he does not make the Elite 11 camp, he will likely play AAU basketball for Boo Williams this summer.

NOTES: Last season, Taylor led Hampton to the Group AAA Division 5 State Championship and earned Associate Press All-State honors after passing for 1,544 yards and nine touchdowns, and rushing for 1,044 yards and 21 touchdowns.

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