Jersey WR/S Taylor Ready for Irish Junior Day

South Brunswick High (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) receiver/safety T.J. Taylor will be on Notre Dame's campus for this weekend's junior day, and he spoke to IrishEyes.com about the Irish.

T.J. Taylor's basketball season is over, which means football recruiting is about to take center stage.

And this weekend the South Brunswick High (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) receiver/safety plans to visit Notre Dame for junior day, and he is excited to see what the Irish have to offer.

"I know traditionally they're a really great school," the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Taylor said. "I know they produce a lot of players in the NFL. They've been a pretty decent year the last couple of years."

Taylor, who holds a Temple offer, is just getting into the recruiting scene but he comes from a school that has produced talent. Receiver Mohamed Sanu, who left Rutgers after his junior season and will be in the NFL draft, and Rutgers signee Jevon Tyree both played at South Brunswick.

In addition to the Irish and Temple, Taylor is hearing from Boston College UCF, South Carolina and North Carolina State. At this point, he is leaving the communication process with the Irish up to his coach, Rick Mantz.

"My coach has been in communication with one of their coaches," Taylor said. "He says they are really high on me and they would like for me to come there and start building a relationship when I get there."

Taylor plays receiver and safety, but isn't sure which position he wants to pursue in college. However, he does like the way the Irish throw the ball.

"I watched a couple of games last year and I know they like to throw the ball a lot and they have a receiver (Michael Floyd) that is going to be in the NFL," Taylor said. "They have a really good program, and I like that they are independent. That has pros and cons but I like how they're televised every weekend, so that is also a good thing."

More offers should be coming Taylor's way as teams figure out where he is best utilized. In South Brunswick's run-first triple-option offense, Taylor caught 12 passes for 344 yards and four touchdowns. He also made 36 tackles from his safety spot.

And as he delves deep into the recruiting process, he knows what he wants in a school.

"I want a good academic (program), a high graduation rate and also I want to be on a team where I can make an impact my freshman year," Taylor said. "I want a school that has good players and athletes that I can be around."


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