Taylor sets final visit, decision nearing

Beaufort (SC) standout defensive end Devin Taylor has been one of the top performers on the South Carolina squad this week at the Shrine Bowl workouts, impressing scouts with his athletic frame and ability to move in space. GamecockAnthem.com caught up with Taylor following a recent practice, and he talked about the Shrine Bowl experience as well as updating the latest in his recruitment.

Standing at 6'6" and an athletic 215 pounds, Devin Taylor has a tremendous frame to grow into on the next level, and scouts have been wowed throughout the week by his athleticism and ability to make plays in space from the hybrid outside linebacker/bandit end position. Still, while many prospects may feel the pressure to perform well on such a big stage, Taylor has the look of a young man that just loves playing the game of football.

"I'm enjoying it really well, getting to learn new stuff and meet players from all over the state. I'm having a great time," said Taylor. "This is a lot of fun out here."

One of the biggest adjustments for every player in the Shrine Bowl is getting used to competing against an all-star cast of players at every position, but Taylor said he's enjoying the challenge.

"The talent level is definitely good out here. It's an even level with everybody, because everybody's good. You've just got to find ways to outperform the person in front of you. It's a good challenge."

Although he played mostly defensive end and tight end throughout his career at Beaufort, Taylor has adjusted well this week to playing as an outside linebacker.

"I like it because I'm able to drop back in coverage and play a little bit on the receiver, but I'm still able to go in and rush the quarterback sometimes."

On the recruiting front, Taylor says that he's still working through the process but he's narrowed his choices to a final four list of schools.

"It's going pretty good. I haven't really decided where I'm going to go yet," he said. "I have a top four of USC, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Kentucky. The school, the coaches and the players stand out about all of them."

The athletic Palmetto State prospect has already taken visits to South Carolina, Wake Forest and Kentucky, and he has one more trip on the slate before he will announce a decision on his college choice.

"I'm visiting Virginia Tech on January 18th," said Taylor. "I'll probably announce (my decision) after I take the visit to Virginia Tech. I'll choose the school that I feel most comfortable at."

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