Taylor Ready for Summer

Scotland County's Hilee Taylor, Jr. could have enrolled at North Carolina in January but decided it was best for him to wait.

"It was a tough decision for me," Hilee Taylor told Inside Carolina via a phone interview from his home Sunday night. "I would have liked to practice with the team this spring, but I think academically I made the right decision to wait."

Taylor helped North Carolina defeat South Carolina in the Shrine Bowl in December and is currently participating in track in the high jump, long jump and triple jump competition for the Scots' track team.

Taylor said he is looking forward to his time in Chapel Hill and plans to enroll early.

"I will be there June 17th to enroll," he said. "Coach [Gunter] Brewer has been talking to me about once per week to see how things are going. I had wanted to start putting on some weight to get ready for fall. I'm up to 215 [pounds] now, and Coach Brewer told me slow down with the weight gain because I might lose some speed."

With a 4.45 second forty yard dash, speed is one thing Taylor has plenty of.

"They still plan on using me as a linebacker, except on passing downs I'll play defensive end," Taylor said.

He has demonstrated his pass-rushing prowess in high school, terrorizing opponents' quarterbacks as a defensive end until he was moved to linebacker after the first couple of games into the season.

Taylor may also help North Carolina's recruiting class of 2005 as one of his teammates' quarterback Cameron Sexton is being recruited by the Tar Heels.

"Cameron has told me in the past that North Carolina is where he would like to play, but North Carolina has yet to give him an offer," Taylor said.

However, an offer could be forthcoming for Sexton in the May evaluation period or when he visits the UNC camp.

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