Top 2016 DE Enjoys Freak Show

Jimmie Taylor, one of the top 2016 in-state prospects, returned to North Carolina on Saturday for Fedora's Freak Show.

"I liked it," Taylor said. "It was very exciting. I liked the intensity."

Taylor, a 6-foot-2, 201-pound defensive end from Jacksonville (N.C.) Southwest Onslow, had previously attended a junior day at UNC. During that visit, he met Keith Gilmore, UNC's defensive line coach.

On Saturday, though, Taylor received a glimpse of what it would be like to be coached by Gilmore.

"I liked the way he coached," Taylor said. "He coaches from a players' perspective. He knows how we're thinking during the drill."

Only approximately 50 recruits participated in the event, but the majority of them were legitimate FBS prospects from several different states. Thus, one-on-one drills were highly competitive.

"I liked [the one-on-ones]," Taylor said. "I thought I did really well, but it was tough."

The camp concluded in a unique fashion – a mini dodgeball tournament with the victors playing a team made up of UNC coaches.

"That's crazy," Taylor said. "I have never done anything like that before I just thought, ‘What is going on?' I thought I did okay. We came a game away from playing the coaches."

When the event ended and the campers met Larry Fedora at midfield, the Tar Heels' headman asked the verbal commitments to stand behind him. He then questioned the remaining campers, "Who's next?"

"Nothing really went through my mind," Taylor said. "I still want to go through the process before I do anything like that."

After seeing a different side of the UNC coaching staff – plus receiving an opportunity to perform under the lights of Kenan Stadium – Taylor had positive takeaways.

"I liked it," Taylor said. "I liked the way the coaches interacted with the players."

With the recent additions of East Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee, Taylor is up to eight scholarship offers, including one from UNC. He said none of his opportunities are leading the field.

"No schools are really sticking out right now," Taylor said. "I'm just going through the process and taking my visits."

Saturday's visit was Taylor's first in quite some time. He does plan to travel to both Florida and South Carolina in the next couple of months.

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