Taylor Lands UNC Offer

Monte Taylor received the scholarship offer he'd been waiting for on Thursday night.

"North Carolina has offered me," Taylor said. "They want me to take my SATs so that they have that on file, and then they're going to send me the offer. But they said I have an offer from them."

At the very least, UNC has been among Taylor's favorite schools since the 6-foot-4, 240-pound jumbo athlete from Springdale (Md.) Flowers attended the Tar Heels' Junior Day in March. With the offer now in hand, the Tar Heels are his leader.

"It's a school that I've always wanted to go to, so I'm happy I've gotten the offer," Taylor said. "I've always wanted to go to North Carolina since I first visited. I like the atmosphere and I like the coaching staff."

Taylor admits the thought of verbally committing entered his mind when he received the offer. Although he refrained, he could go through with it within the next couple of days.

"I've got to sit down with my parents and talk to my parents about the school," Taylor said. "After that, if my parents like it and are comfortable with me going to the school, yes I see myself committing to that school."

Western Michigan is the only other school to offer Taylor a scholarship thus far. However, he's been receiving interest from schools throughout the region.

If he decides to postpone a commitment longer than "a couple days," Taylor will likely take in-season official visits to at least UNC and Western Michigan.

During a phone conversation with UNC's defensive line coach Joe Robinson last week, Taylor was informed a scholarship offer could be forthcoming.

"He said they really like me as a D-end now, instead as a tight end," Taylor said. "He said, ‘You have good feet and good size for a D-end, so we think you're going to be a good fit at D-end in our scheme.' We're thinking about offering you, but we've got to wait a minute to check on some things."

Taylor camped at UNC in June where he worked out at both defensive end and tight end.

"Most schools are recruiting me as a tight end," Taylor said. "I don't have a [position] preference."

Besides UNC, Taylor has camped at East Carolina, Marshall, Maryland, Rutgers, Temple, and Wake Forest.

Although his communication with UNC has shifted more towards Robinson lately, Allen Mogridge is Taylor's primary recruiter.

"Coach Robinson just started talking to me recently, but the coach I've talked to the most is Coach Mo," Taylor said.

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