Heels First to Offer In-State QB

Junior quarterback Brian Taylor received his first scholarship offer a week ago when the official letter arrived from North Carolina.

"It kind of came out of the blue," Taylor said. "They haven't sent me too many things, before that.

"I was pretty impressed by it. [UNC is] the first school to offer me – you can put something to that."

Taylor, a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Angier (N.C.) Harnett Central, has had "plenty" of contact with UNC's coaching staff since the Evaluation Period.

"I've mostly talked to the quarterbacks coach [John Shoop]," Taylor said. "He came to the school and watched us play seven-on-seven.

"He just talks about basic information. He told me I could come up to see some games… It was just general talk, basically."

UNC's main obstacle in recruiting Taylor is his ties to rival NC State.

"My dad went to school there and my sister used to," Taylor said. "And we have season tickets to State games."

Taylor believes his NC State ties will have an affect on his collegiate decision.

"My dad will have a big impact on what I will do with college," Taylor said. "And he's not too much a Carolina fan."

As a season ticket holder, Taylor typically attends most of NC State's home games – as a fan, not a recruit. This season, though, he said he'd like to attend games at other schools, including Duke and UNC. Thus far, he has only attended NC State's bouts with South Carolina and Murray State.

During the summer, Taylor camped at NC State. He also attended a spring practice at both NC State and Duke.

Taylor says it's too early to name favorite schools, but admits NC State is definitely on his mind.

"I don't know if [NC State is] my favorite, but I'd say they're up there," Taylor said. "I don't know if I'd definitely put them as a leader. But I do like them."

If NC State offered, however, Taylor says he wouldn't automatically make a verbal commitment.

"I'd probably think it over," Taylor said. "I know I wouldn't jump on it as soon as it happened."

Taylor says he's definitely interested in UNC, especially since they are the only school to have offered.

Taylor isn't exactly sure when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"If I found out what I wanted to and was 100-percent sure of it, I'd [commit]," Taylor said. "It's just whenever I'm ready, basically."

Taylor became Harnett Central's starting quarterback midway through his freshman season when he replaced Lincoln Morton, who suffered a season-ending injury. Taylor ended that season with 1,196 passing yards.

As a sophomore, Taylor remained the starter until the sixth game of the season when he broke his fibula. On the season, he passed for 1,038 yards and ten touchdowns with a 61-percent completion rate and just two interceptions. He also rushed for 326 yards and seven scores.

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