RECRUITING: Sooners make Maryland DT's list

Brandywine, Maryland defensive tackle Phillip Taylor talks about his game, early list and interest in Oklahoma.

Phillip Taylor, DT. 6'4, 340, 5.16, BRANDYWINE (GWYNN PARK HS), MD:

Phillip Taylor is one of those fantastic down linemen that college coaches recruit on defense knowing that if that doesn't work out he will be a fantastic offensive guard.

Taylor goes both ways at the tackle spots and he will be a three-year starter this year, and there is no question on which side of the ball he would rather play.

"I think I am going to play defensive tackle in college," said Taylor. "I want to play on the defensive side of the ball and everybody is recruiting me at defensive tackle."

Taylor finished with 60 tackles, 30 for losses, and 10 sacks. He also graded out over 90 percent at right tackle. Taylor can bench 415 pounds and he has a 30-inch vertical jump. He throws the shotput in track (50).

Taylor has been to camps at Maryland (2) and Penn State (2), and he went to the Maryland and Virginia junior day. Taylor also went to the Elite College combine in New Jersey, the Penn State camp, Maryland junior combine and to the Army All-American combine in San Antonio.

"I think I did well at the combines, but I know I can do better," said Taylor. "I thought J.D. Walton was my toughest opponent. He is a good player."

Taylor has been offered by 18 different schools, and it seems like schools are dropping scholarship papers in the mail all the time.

"Right now I am wide open," said Taylor. "I am looking at Maryland, Penn State, Virginia, Miami, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Oklahoma. No school has an edge right now, everybody is about the same."

What does he think about Oklahoma at this time?

"It is a very good school. I like the fact that they have gone to the National Championship game two out of the last three years. I have watched them on TV, but I don't really know much about their school and what their campus is like.

"Oklahoma is one of the schools that I will probably visit. Distance doesn't matter to me right now and I am not afraid to the leave the area."

Taylor has qualified.

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