S/WR Taylor Planning Spring Rutgers Visit

South Brunswick High (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) safety/receiver T.J. Taylor holds one offer and his hearing a lot from Rutgers. He spoke to ScarletReport.com about his recruitment, his feelings toward Rutgers, and when he plans on visiting campus.

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

The South Brunswick High (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) receiver/safety already visited Boston College and Temple and is planning visits to Rutgers, Notre Dame, UCF and North Carolina State, with a possible visit to South Carolina as well.

"Basically, schools are recruiting me as an athlete," Taylor said. "They watched my film from high school and saw that on either side of the ball I'm capable of playing, so they don't want to narrow me down to one position right now."

The program Taylor has the most access to is Rutgers, which is 15 minutes north of his home. He also knows former Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu, who played at South Brunswick, and is friends with Rutgers signee Jevon Tyree, who starred at South Brunswick last season.

"We all talk a lot and we're close," Taylor said. "Rutgers has a new staff and had some coaches leaving and some coming, so I have to get used to the people up there. I'm going to try and go up and watch one of their spring practices and see how they do things there. I like Rutgers."

Taylor is dealing with Scarlet Knights assistant Jim Panagos, who was also Taylor's recruiter at UCF.

"He's really enthusiastic," Taylor said. "Everything he says gets you thinking about the program and it makes you feel like you want to be a part of what they're doing up there."

One asset Rutgers has is proximity in getting Taylor to campus and meeting players and coaches, but that won't factor into his decision.

"Wherever I end up, it's not going to be based on where I live," Taylor said. "My parents might not even be in New Jersey when I graduate college."

Taylor's lone offer is from Temple, but more could be coming 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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