Taylor Learning About UNC

RALEIGH --- With North Carolina still the only school to offer a scholarship thus far, Brian Taylor has slowly opened up to the Tar Heels.

"I've been looking at the stuff they send in the mail and I'm going to try to visit," Taylor said.

In addition to UNC, Taylor, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior quarterback from Angier (N.C.) Harnett Central, is receiving heavy interest from several regional schools, including Duke, NC State, and Wake Forest.

Taylor's father is an NC State alum and his family has season tickets. Taylor believes he'll have to earn a scholarship at NC State's camp. He plans to also camp at Duke and Wake Forest.

For years Taylor has sat in Carter-Finely Stadium and cheered on NC State. On Saturday, though, it was Taylor who was on the field being cheered on in the NCHSAA 4A State Championship game.

With Taylor at the helm, Harnett Central rode a 15-0 record to the title game. Asheville (N.C.) Reynolds, though, dealt Harnett Central its first defeat of the season – a 14-13 heartbreaker. Harnett Central nearly pulled out a come-from-behind victory. With 2:41 remaining in the game and down 14-7, the Trojans started a drive on their 10-yard line. Seven plays later, Taylor completed a 49-yard touchdown pass. However, the attempt at a game-winning two-point conversion failed.

"I thought we could get three yards," Taylor said. "That's our go-to play. I guess they just tagged it."

Harnett Central recovered the onside kick with 49 seconds remaining. But, the game ended with a blocked field goal on a 42-yard attempt by Taylor.

"I thought we'd win it," Taylor said. "I thought we'd score on that two-point play. Hindsight is 20-20 – we should have kicked it."

Taylor was named the State Runner-Up's Outstanding Offensive Player. He completed 18-of-29 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. He also rushed for 29 yards on 13 carries and averaged 41 yards on four punts.

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