Taylor Ready to Play

Kareen Taylor, a safety prospect from Fork Union Military Academy, was looking for a place he would have a chance to play right away. He chose North Carolina, and talked to <i>Inside Carolina</i> about his decision.

North Carolina coach John Bunting received another verbal commitment via telephone last night. This time, the Tar Heels added a talented safety to their list of verbal commitments. Kareen Taylor, a safety from Fork Union, let UNC know he wants to be a Tar Heel.

Kareen Taylor knew where he wanted to play football next season. He had even let one of the assistant coaches know he was coming. But the head coach wanted to hear it for himself.

That is when Taylor made it official. He called UNC coach John Bunting Monday night to let him know he wanted to play in the Tar Heels secondary this fall.

"I was at home when I told coach (Andre) Powell and I just confirmed it last night because coach Bunting wanted to hear it from me," Taylor said of the call. "He was happy, I think he was glad."

Taylor, who also visited Ohio and Louisville, said he liked UNC and was glad to get the decision out of the way.

"What's not to like (about UNC)? You know what I mean. I think he (Bunting) is going to be a good up-and-coming coach in the next couple years. I stopped there (after three visits to UNC, Ohio and Louisville). I didn't even visit Clemson."

Taylor, Fork Union's MVP the last two seasons, had 27 sacks as a freshman and 17 this past season.

Fork Union coach John Shuman said Taylor's commitment is a big boost for UNC and his program also.

"They are getting a superior athlete," Shuman said of Taylor. ""We needed to get an athlete like him at UNC to keep them coming back. It wouldn't shock us if he was the freshman player of the year next season."

UNC first started tracking Taylor after Coach Powell saw him during a combine at Fork Union in May. From there, Powell followed Taylor's season closely and Shuman sent film from each of Taylor's past two seasons at Fork Union.

"They (UNC) have a need for an impact safety," Shuman said. "We had worked with them on him for a while. Powell did a lot of leg work and Coach Bunting was here December 10th, and watched him do some hitting. In the meantime, Kareen got done what he needed to academically."

Taylor said he is happy to get the opportunity to play football in the ACC.

"I am looking at getting some playing time next year. Here, they are just happy to see somebody go somewhere as long as they make it somewhere. It's the same for me too, I'm happy to see any of these guys go play somewhere."

Taylor liked UNC from the start and took other visits so he could compare them with North Carolina.

"I had them in mind the whole way. I just wanted to make sure it was the right thing to do."

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