Elite Junior LB Checks Out Chapel Hill

With North Carolina and Virginia Tech sitting atop his favorites list, Saturday's ACC match-up between the two was a must see for Bruce Taylor. Instead of watching the game from his home, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker decided to observe the game first-hand in Chapel Hill.

"He had a good visit to North Carolina and I think North Carolina is in his top three now," said Myrtle Beach (S.C.) head football coach Scott Early. "He really loved the campus and the way things looked. He had a great visit; he enjoyed himself."

Taylor, who also includes Florida State among his top three, has established a great relationship with his primary recruiter, Danny Pearman.

"He loves North Carolina [and] he loves Danny Pearman," said Early. "We all like Coach Pearman at Myrtle Beach."

Despite his junior status, Taylor could make a verbal commitment relatively soon.

"I think he's close to [verbally committing]," said Early. "I think that he wants to get the hype and the questions out of the way and concentrate on playing high school and working on his grades and having the assurance of knowing where he is going."

Taylor, who doesn't have a leader among his top three, holds scholarship offers from Clemson, Colorado, FSU, Maryland, UNC, South Carolina, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

"He's just a phenomenal athlete," said Early. "After seeing his sophomore season, it was almost an instant response to offer him."

As a sophomore, Taylor racked in over 200 tackles including 49 for a loss.

In the first quarter of the first game of the season against Conway (S.C.), Taylor broke his arm, but played the entire game unaware of the injury. He was still able to accumulate 11 tackles with two for a loss.

Taylor will return to the field Friday with a padded cast.

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