Taylor Commits to Carolina

The momentum continues in Chapel Hill as the Tar Heels have received their ninth verbal commitment - and fifth in just two weeks. Ryan Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end/wide receiver from Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor, gave head coach John Bunting his pledge Wednesday evening, Inside Carolina has learned.

"I just got off the phone with Coach [John] Bunting and I committed to Carolina," said Taylor.

"I thought about all my other choices and I just thought about which one feels right and everything felt like Carolina. It's just the right fit."

Taylor's other options included Vanderbilt and Wake Forest for football and Virginia for lacrosse.

North Carolina had been Taylor's leader since he received a UNC offer following the Tar Heels' three-day camp about two weeks ago.

"It's an excellent school, it has my major, it's a great environment for college football - they have a great program there," said Taylor. "With the Miami win I just felt like it was a program on the rise. Coach Bunting is great. Coach [Andre] Powell, Coach [Marvin] Sanders, I really like them. They made me feel at home - like a family."

Depending on how he progresses, the UNC coaching staff is looking to use Taylor at h-back or wide receiver.

"They want me at h-back, maybe if I brought my speed up maybe wide receiver," said Taylor. "They were talking about maybe using me more as a fullback if I put on more weight or if I pick up more speed use me as a wide receiver out of the h-back position.

"At Mount Tabor I ran a lot more wide receiver and really the only h-back I've played is in the red zone or when we needed to pickup a first down in short-yardage situations."

Last year, Taylor caught 53 passes for 982 yards (18.5 yards per completion) and 14 touchdowns, tallied over 300 return yards on kickoffs and was also utilized in the backfield as lead blocker and managed to rush for two scores.

"He played a lot of positions for us," Mt. Tabor coach Bob Sapp said. "What makes Ryan special is he's such a tenacious blocker. All wide-outs love to catch the football and so does Ryan, but he really loves to block. That's the nature of his game."

"One thing the coaches have noticed watching film on him is that he not only can catch the football, but he can also run with it," added Sapp. "He's pretty strong and trying to tackle him is tough. But his willingness to seek out blocks is what really catches their eye."

Taylor has concluded his summer camping schedule and only plans to officially visit Chapel Hill in the fall.

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