BUFORD, Ga. --- Recruiting won’t move to the forefront for Will Taylor until the summer. At that point, a trip to North Carolina could be in the cards.
“We have family up in North Carolina,” Taylor said. “So, I’ll probably just turn it into a double visit, I guess – go see family, stay with them, and then go see UNC.”
To be exact, Taylor, a 6-foot-3, 261-pound offensive lineman from Loganville (Ga.) Grayson, has family in Raleigh.
“[UNC] is a good school,” Taylor said. “It’s good at other sports, like basketball obviously. I like that, because I like to take pride in the school in general outside of football. I probably want to do something medical and I know [UNC] has a pretty good medical program.”
If it occurs, Taylor’s UNC trip will likely be a part of his summer travel schedule. In late May, when Grayson begins to wrap up spring practice, he plans to map out exactly which schools he’ll visit during the summer months.
“I’m just looking for somewhere where I fit in,” Taylor said. “I want somewhere where I feel like it’s family already before I even sign. I want them to welcome me.”
A recruiting X-factor could be Taylor’s twin brother, John. John is a long snapper who is hoping to raise his stock during the camp circuit.
“Hopefully we could find a school that will be willing to compensate for both of us,” Taylor said.
Taylor is taking a cautious, step-by-step approach to his college decision. As such, he’s unsure when he’ll make a verbal commitment.
“I have a feeling I’ll probably know when it’s right,” Taylor said. “So, I’ll just decide then.”
Eleven schools have offered Taylor, including Boston College, Colorado State, Duke, Illinois, UNC, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Ivy Leaguers Columbia and Princeton.
The UNC offer came early last football season. Since then, he has maintained regular contact with Charlton Warren, who recruits Gwinnett County for the Tar Heels.
“He said he’s recruiting me as a center, they just like my athletic ability, and I’m near the top of their board,” Taylor said.
Four games into his junior season, Taylor fractured his fibula and sprained his MCL forcing him to miss the remained of the campaign. He also only played three games during his sophomore year because of a bulging disc.