Phillip Taylor: The Big Chill

Phillip Taylor is still taking it all in. As he puts it, he's chillin'. The 6-foot-4, 340-pound defensive tackle prospect from Gwynn Park High in Brandywine, Md., recently spoke to FightOnState.com about the recruiting process with the college football season about to come to a close.

“It's been going good,” Phillip Taylor said. “I've been chillin'. I'm getting this school work out of the way.”

Taylor, who took an official visit to Penn State earlier in the season, said he still holds the Nittany Lions in high regard. It might even be considered a “love fest” with Penn State.

“My interest in Penn State is great,” Taylor said. “I love it a lot. I love [Penn State defensive line] Coach [Larry] Johnson. I love the whole staff. I love the players. When I see the staff and how they prepare, I love it.”

At the start of the recruiting season, Taylor made it known that his top two teams in the running are the Nittany Lions and Maryland. Not much has changed since then, with Penn State and the Terrapins the top contenders for the blue chip prospect.

“I have a high interest in both,” Taylor said. “Maryland is like my backyard. My family can come and see me. I have a great relationship with the coaches. I have former teammates who play for Maryland, too, Wesley Jefferson. Those are the two I'm looking at the most. Three others are Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Florida.”

His thoughts on Penn State?

“Basically, it's a turnaround team,” Taylor said. “The defense has shown me a lot this year. They show me that I can fit in.”

Specifically, Taylor spoke about some of the defensive formations and schemes implemented by the Penn State staff and how he could potentially fit in.

“They use a lot formations that involve the three and one techniques,” Taylor said. “They slant their defensive tackles a lot and I like that.”

Another defensive line recruit from Maryland, Aaron Maybin, who has already committed to the Nittany Lions, has been in touch with Taylor in an attempt to share his feelings on the possibility of playing together in Happy Valley.

“We are friends and all,” Taylor said. “He told me that he committed. He said it's a good place to go, but he knows it's on me.”

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