'He'd be crazy not to go to UNC'

Fork Union safety Kareen Taylor spent the weekend in Chapel Hill. Upon his return, <i>Inside Carolina</i> spoke to both Taylor and his coach, who provided some strong words about the Tar Heels.

Kareen Taylor is quiet and reserved when talking about his visit to UNC, which included spending time on Franklin Street and hanging out with fellow Virginia-native Dexter Reid.

But that doesn't mean he didn't like what the Tar Heels had to offer.

"It was good, I really liked UNC," Taylor said. "I liked the town, and I liked the facilities – it was nice."

He has offers from UNC, Ohio and Louisville. Clemson and Syracuse have also entered the sweepstakes for his services. Taylor has scheduled a visit with the Tigers this week.

"I didn't commit [to UNC] and I am going to take a visit to Clemson, but it is just a visit."

A decision should come by the end of December.

Taylor, a 5-11, 190-pound safety who was his team's MVP last season, had 15 sacks this season and 42 total in his two years at Fork Union. He also runs a 4.4 forty.

Fork Union coach John Shuman said he told his star defensive player he should be at North Carolina. Shuman hasn't spoken to Taylor as FUMA is on Christmas break and Shuman just returned from the Dallas Cowboys game.

"I was out of town and I hear Clemson has set up a visit," Shuman said. "I think he is going to pursue it but I told him to go to Carolina. I told him to take another visit and then try to make a decision."

The Clemson visit is also being used as a safety, as Taylor hasn't heard on his admissions status from UNC.

Shuman, who has seven players at Clemson and 11 at Virginia, believes a decision will come soon. He also is a John Bunting fan and he helps work the summer camps at UNC.

"If Syracuse or Clemson jump in there, he has a security net in place just in case Carolina can't take him. I told him he would be crazy not to go to UNC. We run the same defense as Carolina. I know Bunting will get what we got out of him. Clemson will have a hard time deciding what his best position is. [Taylor] is the guy [the Tar Heels] need. We do the same stuff Carolina does."

Both Shuman and Taylor's high school coach have both conveyed that they think Taylor should commit to the Tar Heels.

"I don't have any guys at UNC and I want him to go there," Shuman said. "I worked camp this summer with coach [Dave] Huxtable and we put the basic Carolina defense in our program."

Taylor did meet with Bunting, but didn't go into specifics. Football wasn't the topic of conversation with Taylor and Reid either.

"We rarely talked football. We are both from Virginia and that is what we talked about."

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