Jermaine Waller

Avalon School Standouts Jermaine Waller, Noah taylor Visit for Rutgers Practice

Scarlet Report takes a look at two defensive targets out of Gaithersburg (Md.) Avalon School after visits to practice this week.

Gaithersburg (Md.) Avalon School visited Rutgers Thursday as a team with cornerback Jermaine Waller and athlete Noah Taylor as key targets for the school.

Both had eyes on the defense in coach Chris Ash's scheme with a focus on the three I's – intelligence, intensity and integrity.

“They're getting taught a lot of good things and a lot of what they're learning seems to be effective,” Waller said. “It was a fast-paced practice, high tempo, a lot of intensity. It looked like a fun practice.”

Waller spent the most time with cornerbacks coach Henry Baker. He watched a corneerback group that includes two from the Washington DC Metropolitan area – Damon Hayes and Kobe Marfo.

“I've known (Baker) for two months, and he's a good guy,” Waller said. “Coach Baker knows what he's doing. He's there to teach. He just knows football, knows the position very well. (He said) I fit what they're trying to do. They run a lot of man. They need long corners, so that's what they were saying.”

Taylor, a verbal commit to Virginia, picked up a Rutgers offer on the visit. While a projected wide receiver in the 2018 class, Taylor is a target for Rutgers in its nickle, outside linebacker role.

“Coach Ash is a good dude,” Waller said. “We liked him a lot. He knows DBs and that's kind of big that the head coach loves his Dbs. They have a lot outside of football, too – top business school, and a lot of things that can prepare you for the real world with getting internships and the programs to help you make connections.”

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