Trash Talk, Bonding Highlight Taylor's Visit

Philadelphia Roman Catholic offensive lineman Manny Taylor is committed to Rutgers, and said he is ready for National Signing Day. Taylor picked out a hat for Wednesday on his way home from a weekend official visit, and broke down the highlights of his official visit including trash talk.

When Philadelphia Roman Catholic’s Manny Taylor arrived at Rutgers, he expected to make some enemies.

The long-time offensive line commitment in the class said that trash talk is underway as he prepares to face the Rutgers defense this summer.

“I was talking trash to Darius Hamilton and Myles Nash and Kemoko [Turay],” Taylor said. “I told them that [defensive line coach Jim] Panagos isn’t going to like me when I get here. They all asked why, and I said I’m going to give your d-ends work. The trash talking has officially started.”

Taylor was one of five committed visitors on campus for the final weekend before National Signing Day.

“I had a lot of fun overall,” Taylor said. “They fed us well. We ate a whole lot of food. We went up to New York, to Dave and Busters. We had a good time there. My mom got treated really well. They really rolled out the red carpet for us.”

Taylor, who said he is close with his mother, wanted to make sure she was happy with his college destination.

“It’s important for me because this is the place I’ll be calling home for the next three to five years,” Taylor said. “It’s important for her to like the place, and know that I’m happy up there and in a good situation.”

Nash, a sophomore in transition from linebacker to defensive end, hosted Taylor on his official visit.

“He was great because we’re both from Philly,” Taylor said. “We have a good relationship and he seemed pretty grounded. We connected, and he gave me a lot of advice on being an athlete at Rutgers.”

Elmwood Park’s (N.J.) Michael Dare and Taylor got along well with a lot of discussion about the quarterback-lineman relationship.

“That’s going to be my job. I have to protect him, and I’m going to do a very good job at it,” Taylor said. “It’s important for us to build that bond now. We have that trust with each other. We had a lot of fun.”

Taylor committed to Rutgers as a basketball player with limited football experience. A senior year at Roman Catholic has him closer to where he needs to be at Rutgers, he said.

“I think I’ve come a long way,” Taylor said. “I was talking to the offensive line coach (Mitch Browning), and he asked me to get in my stance. We talked about my calls, and what they do with their calls as well. We did a few quizzes and line drills in his office. The assistant coach (Sam Williams) tried to do a move on me and I reacted well.”

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