Shrine Bowl: Taylor Vying For Starting Role

ROEBUCK, S.C. -- With five Division I-A recruits making up the North Carolina squad's wide receiving corps here at the Shrine Bowl, the N.C. coaching staff has a good problem on their hands: who will start Saturday against South Carolina? Among the five are North Carolina commits Hakeem Nicks and Ryan Taylor.

"We've got a couple spots we know we're supposed to be during specific plays, but right now there are no set starters," said Taylor. "There are a couple plays that I come down and crack."

Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 210-pounder from Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor, will also see time on both the punt return and kick off units. However, once he gets to Chapel Hill, he's expected to put on weight and move to the H-back position.

In addition to getting ready for South Carolina, Taylor has spent much of the week getting acquainted with the seven other UNC commitments on the North Carolina roster.

"It's great," said Taylor. "We all eat together, we talk a lot together, just getting to know each other better for next year."

The eight North Carolina commits also seem to recruit together.

"We're working pretty hard [on recruiting other players]," said Taylor. "We're talking mostly to [Brandon] Spikes, [Aleric] Mullins, and [Dennis] Godfrey. I think Mullins is going to take an official [visit] and Spikes is thinking about taking an official [visit] so maybe that'll help."

Speaking of officials, Taylor is one of the verbal pledges who has yet to take an official visit to North Carolina. Taylor plans to set a trip up with the Tar Heels – and only the Tar Heels – after the Shrine Bowl.

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