Gamecocks Offer Emerging In-State DE

Beaufort (SC) athletic defensive end Devin Taylor flew beneath the proverbial recruiting radar for much of his high school career, but after impressing at a few summer camps, the secret is now out on this lower state sleeper. Coach Shane Beamer and the home state Gamecocks extended an offer to Taylor last week, but was that enough for USC to crack his list of favorites? Read inside to find out.

Taylor, who measures in at an athletic 6'6" and 212 pounds, currently holds offers from South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Duke, Furman, the Citadel and Presbyterian, with his most recent tender coming from the Gamecocks last Sunday after he impressed at their 7-on-7 camp.

"I went up there to do the individual drills instead of the passing league stuff. I think I performed very well," said Taylor. "The coaches told me I did a good job when I came up there, and they offered me shortly after that."

After growing up in the Palmetto State, Taylor is already quite familiar with the USC program, and he likes the direction that the Gamecocks are headed under Coach Steve Spurrier.

"I'm very familiar with South Carolina. I've gotten to know just about the whole defensive staff and Coach Spurrier. They have a lot of talent on the team, and they‘re getting new academic facilities for the athletes and stuff. They also have my career that I want to major in - engineering."

The rangy defensive end prospect currently has three teams at the top of his list, and he hopes to make a decision in the next few months.

"Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and USC are my top three. Hopefully by the fall I‘ll make my decision."

Taylor, who runs a 4.59 second forty yard dash, shared what he likes about the Hokies and Demon Deacons, who round out his list of favorites.

"Virginia Tech is a good football team. They have a good coaching staff, and they've held their own during the last few football seasons. Wake Forest, they are good in education and very good athletically also. I could see myself playing for them."

According to Taylor, academics will play a key factor in his college decision.

"I'm looking at education and the different types of (support) for student athletes that go there. Also, how they've done over the past few years even without superstars on the team."

The lower state standout closed by sharing what strengths he brings to the football field.

"If you need something to be done, I'll go out there and do it. I just make plays, and I've started to become a leader out on the field."

Taylor, who also stars on the Beaufort basketball team, racked up 80 tackles, 3 sacks, 7 forced fumbles and 11 tackles for loss last fall. He holds a 3.5 GPA and projects as a full qualifier.

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