Surprise visitor

Myrtle Beach (SC) 4-star linebacker Bruce Taylor is considered by many to be one of the top linebacker prospects in America this recruiting year, and while he's been committed to Virginia Tech since last September, the Palmetto State standout made a surprise visit to South Carolina on Saturday afternoon to check out the home state Gamecocks. Read inside for all the details.

Bruce Taylor, who measures in at a solid 6'3" and 220 pounds, talked about the series of events that led to him making the trip to Columbia on Saturday.

"It was kind of funny," said Taylor. "I was supposed to go to Blacksburg this weekend to watch the North Carolina game at Virginia Tech, but my coach that was supposed to take me couldn't go, so I didn't have a ride. I've got a friend (Myrtle Beach tight end Andrew Power) that likes South Carolina a lot, so he said I should go to the game with him. I went with him instead because I'd never been to a South Carolina game before."

According to Taylor, he enjoyed watching South Carolina's 38-21 win over Mississippi State, and he had the opportunity to interact with several of the Gamecock coaches while on campus.

"It was pretty good. It was a good game. I mainly went to watch the game, and I'd never been in Williams-Brice (stadium) to see a game. They played pretty good, and I talked to their coaches after the game and stuff," said Taylor. "I talked to Coach Spurrier and Coach Spurrier Jr. I also talked to Coach Nix a little bit. They were just telling me how I could play (into their system). They didn't say anything bad about Virginia Tech. It was just small talk about how it'd be nice if I was up there."

Taylor, who is rated by as the #8 middle linebacker in the country, confirmed that he is still committed to Virginia Tech following his trip to USC.

"I'm still strongly committed to Virginia Tech. I haven't been up there once this year because it's been kind of hard to make that five and a half hour drive, but I plan on getting up there. South Carolina's just two hours from my house, so I figured I'd just go up there and see it."

When asked to comment on what stands out to him about Virginia Tech, Taylor replied that he likes several aspects of the Hokies' program.

"I've looked up the school, and I've heard about it from other people. It's just a good school. It's a defensive school. They're always like in the top five (in defense)."

While Taylor remains committed to the Hokies, he acknowledged that he still plans to take a few official visits.

"I'm not sure where I'm going to go yet. I know I'm going to take more than Virginia Tech. South Carolina's a possibility."

Taylor, who said he hopes to attend the Clemson-Virginia Tech game this weekend, has racked up 80 tackles so far this season, helping lead Myrtle Beach to a perfect 6-0 record.

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