Heels After Hampton QB

In the 1998 recruiting class, the North Carolina coaching staff signed Ronald Curry -- the consensus top high school quarterback -- out of Hampton (Va.) High School. The Tar Heels hope to repeat the feat this recruiting season with Tyrod Taylor.

Like Curry, Taylor, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound four-star prospect, is a dual-threat quarterback, who also excels on the basketball court.

Considered by some to be the best recruit in the Old Dominion State, Taylor currently holds scholarship offers from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Florida State. His UNC tender came following his performance during the Tar Heels' summer camp last July.

"[They offered] after their camp this past summer," said Taylor. "They called me into their office and said they liked the way I played from watching my film, and they liked the way I threw the ball in camp; so they offered me a scholarship."

Taylor, who is completely open to all of his offering schools, admits Chapel Hill's campus is a major attraction.

"It's a great school, I like the atmosphere down there [on the campus]," said Taylor. "I haven't gotten to see one of their games, but I'm planning on going to one this year."

Focused on his junior basketball season, Taylor has paid little attention to his recruitment. He did, however, receive a special visit during one of his practices.

"Their coaches [Ken Browning and John Bunting] came to one of my basketball practices and I talked to him them," said Taylor. "They want me to come to camp again, but I don't know what camps I'll attend."

Last season, Taylor led Hampton to the Group AAA Division 5 State Championship and earned Associate Press All-State honors after passing for 1,544 yards and nine touchdowns, and rushing for 1,044 yards and 21 touchdowns.

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