Taylor Enjoys UNC’s Atmosphere

North Carolina’s “Stripe Out” last Saturday was meant to boost Kenan Stadium’s environment for UNC’s bout with San Diego State. Count Jimmie Taylor as one of the recruits who believed it worked.

“It was a crazy atmosphere,” the four-star 2016 defensive end from Jacksonville (N.C.) Southwest Onslow said. “The fans were crazy. The players were just warming up and [the fans] were getting excited.”

After heading into halftime down 14-7, UNC roared back to secure a 31-27 victory.

“Yeah, they were down in the first half and they were struggling, but in the second half they came back and played,” Taylor said.

The outcome, though, wasn’t of much concern to Taylor. The 6-foot-1, 220-pounder was more focused on seeing UNC’s 2014 defense and evaluating his prospects for fitting into its 4-2-5 defensive scheme.

“I like how the end plays,” Taylor said. “I like how they’re trying to get to the quarterback to get him out of his game.

“I think I’ll fit in pretty well into that defense. They mixed up their fronts between 3-4 and 4-3. I think I can play end in both.”

Prior to kickoff, Taylor conversed with Dan Disch, his primary UNC recruiter.

“He was just telling me to take my time with the recruiting process,” Taylor said. “He wants me to go to all the schools that I want to visit and then come back with my final decision. But he wants me to have a good time.”

In taking Disch’s advice, Taylor is looking into attending games at Auburn, Clemson, Florida, and Tennessee. There’s also a very good chance that he returns to UNC for a game later this season.

Taylor says that UNC is strongly under consideration, but isn’t prepared to name favorite schools.

“I think [UNC] is just a good school,” Taylor said. “It has a great atmosphere on game day. And it’s a great place to get a great education, too.”

With Taylor anchoring the defensive line for the third straight year, Southwest has opened the 2014 season with three consecutive victories by a combined score of 111-20. Each of the past two seasons has ended with the Stallions playing for a state championship.

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