Taylor Gets A Jump On The Competition

Eric Taylor is entering his sophomore year for Linsly School (WV). He talks about playing 7-on-7, what schools he likes, and what schools he'll be camping at this summer.

When you hear the name Eric Taylor associated with football, you might think of the head coach of the same name from the TV series Friday Night Lights.

In the show, Taylor is known as sort of a quarterback guru. Therefore, it's easy to assimilate a 2016 prospect by the same name, who is a quarterback to keep an eye on from his class.

Taylor played receiver as a freshman for Imani Christian (PA), and will now take his talents to Linsly School (WV). He caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown, finished with 29 tackles on defense, and blocked three punts.

Taylor is going to give quarterback a shot. He's also a pitcher for his AAU baseball team. He's got a jump on moving to quarterback, competing at last weekend's King of the Spring 7-on-7 team.

"I think it's more of an advantage to those of us that are here," Taylor said. "We get an early start to the football season. You get to see a lot of DI prospects. The competition level gets higher so you can be more ready, and a lot more focused for the season coming up.

"I went to a 7-on-7 tournament in Philly a couple weeks ago, that's about it. I've been coming here to work out and practice, but that's about it."

Though he's a long way off from getting offers, Taylor did talk about some of the schools he's interested in, and what schools he's going to camp at this summer.

"My number one school that I would want to go to is Ohio State," Taylor said. "I'm going to Toledo for a camp. I'm going to Pitt for a camp. I'm going to Rutgers for a camp. That's really it as for as camp goes."

He has already camped at Pitt, Rutgers and Temple in his career. Though Pitt wouldn't be his first choice at the moment, he didn't rule out the Panthers in being one of his top choices as the recruiting process rolls along.

"I like Pitt because my dad coached a couple players that go there right now," Taylor said. "Me personally, I don't want to go to Pitt because I don't to be in Pittsburgh. But, if that is a top option, I will probably be going there."

He mentioned Ohio State as his number one school. Why the Buckeyes?

Urban Meyer," Taylor answered. "I love Urban Meyer. I think Urban Meyer is the best football coach in the world. He specializes in the offensive side of the ball. I think playing football for him would open my mindset as for offense goes. I think that would be the best coach for me, personally, because I like to be coached at a very high level. I think he coached at a high level, so I think that would be perfect."


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