UNC is Taylor's 'Dream School'

Rumors circulated around Kenan Stadium Saturday that Monte Taylor had verbally committed to North Carolina – and for good reason.

Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder from Springdale (Md.) Flowers, attempted to verbally commit to the UNC coaches during the visit.

"They said, ‘We want you to commit, we want you to be in Carolina Blue, but you've got to take the SAT or ACT first,' because I haven't taken it yet," Taylor said.

Taylor, who is planning to register this afternoon to take the ACT or SAT, says he's not disappointed that he was unable to commit on Saturday.

"I've got to do my part," Taylor said. "They did their part in giving me an offer. Now, I've got to do my part in doing my high school [academics] and take the SAT or ACT. Once I do that, I'll be able to go ahead and commit. I'm not too happy, but I understand."

With that said, UNC remains a strong favorite for Taylor.

"Everything was good," Taylor said. "I liked the visit. I like the atmosphere. It's my dream school – it's my favorite school."

During his stay, Taylor had conversations with UNC coaches Art Kaufman, Allen Mogridge, Joe Robinson, and Everett Withers. In addition to discussing the potential for a verbal commitment, they broke down UNC's situation at defensive end, the position the staff is recruiting Taylor at.

"We were just talking about the defensive schemes," Taylor said. "We were just talking about [Kareem Martin], [Donte Paige-Moss], and [Quinton Coples]. [Coples] was supposed to go to the draft last year, but he came back to get his degree. [Paige-Moss] is a junior, but if he has a good year this year – he's ranked high in his class – he might go into the draft next year.

"So they need four or five defensive ends to commit and no one is committed for d-end."

When it began recruiting him, UNC projected Taylor as a tight end, like most schools. However, the verbal commitments of tight end prospects Justin Meredith and Terrance Knox coupled with the Tar Heels' need at defensive end changed the staff's projection.

Taylor, who doesn't have a position preference, says he's completely comfortable with playing defensive end after Saturday's conversation. In addition to the coaches, Taylor also spoke to several UNC players Saturday, including Coples and Zach Brown, who is from Taylor's area.

"They told me about how it's a great school to go to, how I'd have a good time in a Carolina Blue uniform, and if I go there that degree will take me a lot of places," Taylor said.

Taylor is unsure when the next time he'll return to Chapel Hill unofficially – possibly one or both of the next two weekends for UNC's home games against Rutgers and Virginia – but has discussed possible official visit dates with the coaching staff. The weekend of Oct. 8, when the Tar Heels host Louisville, is the most likely date.

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