Signee Update: Monte Taylor

As was outlined when he signed with UNC in February, Monte Taylor will take a semester long detour at Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy.

"It's a little frustrating, but I know it's going to help me in the long run," Taylor said. "It's going to help me get into the rhythm of college. It helps me knowing that other football players have gone to Hargrave and have had successful college careers and have gone into the NFL. If NFL players can do it, I can do it."

Taylor, a 6-foot-4 defensive end who played high school ball at Springdale (Md.) Flowers, has had discussions with Hargrave's head football coach, Troy Davis, and will meet with him when he visits the school on April 28.

"I'm going down there to see it – this will be my first time," Taylor said.

During the late April visit, Taylor and Davis will discuss what classes Taylor will take at Hargrave and how he will be utilized on the football team.

Despite signing with UNC, Taylor's detour at Hargrave means his recruitment will restart and thus he's available for any interested school if he so chooses.

"I'm going to stay firm [to UNC]," Taylor said. "That's where I'm going to be in January."

Taylor was in Chapel Hill a couple of weekends back to watch UNC's Spring Game and see its newly installed 4-2-5 defense.

"The defense looked pretty good," Taylor said. "At the Bandit, you just have to know what to do on each play."

Taylor says he's been told that he could play either the Bandit or defensive end position for UNC.

Following the Spring Game, Taylor spoke with Deke Adams, UNC's defensive line coach.

"He just said hurry up and bang Hargrave out so I can get down there and working," Taylor said.

Adams is the coach Taylor speaks to most often. The two communicate twice a week and the message is usually the same – the UNC coaching staff is eager to get on campus.

Since signing with UNC, Taylor's focus has been his academics and following the workout regimen UNC sent him.

"I've just been staying in shape," Taylor said. "They sent me a workout book and I've been following that every day. I feel like I'm more explosive and I've added speed."

What Taylor hasn't added is weight. He played his senior football season at 243 pounds, but says he's now down to 237.

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