The most underrated player in the state?

How can a 6-foot, 200 pound linebacker that runs a 4.5 and holds 13 D1 offers from schools such as Tennessee, South Florida and West Virginia be underrated? Well, when he plays for Miami Northwestern it's easy.

Quavon Taylor has quietly gotten it done all season, culminating in his best performance Saturday night in the State Championship game against Orlando Boone. Taylor had 10 tackles and 2 forced fumbles. One of which came at the turning point of the game. Boone drove down to the Northwestern two-yard line and just as it looked like Boone would score on a dive play, Taylor came flying in, put his helmet on the ball and after his team recovered the fumble Northwestern would score a few plays later.

That play may not have been as glorious as fellow LB Sean Spences' blocked punt he returned for a touchdown, but it signified Quavon's senior season. Taylor has put in the work, gotten the results, but not the credit he deserves.

There is not a single article written on him in the database. Taylor says it doesn't bother him and being the underdog only makes him more motivated.

"I know I get overlooked, it's okay. I think it makes me work harder."

Taylor admits it bothers him sometimes.

"Yeah, sometimes I get frustrated. On the other-hand, all those guys are my brothers (his Northwestern teammates) I like to see them get recognized."

He may not get the credit from the media, but college coaches are taking notice. Taylor has over a dozen offers including WVU, USF and Tennessee.

"I have 13 offers and I've been working to narrow it down."

Narrow it down he has. Taylor says there are two schools that he is focused on and one of them will be his future home.

"I'm looking at USF and Tennessee. I've talked it over with my mom and those are the two schools I'm interested in."

Recently the head coaches from both the Bulls and Vols sat in Quavon's living room.

"I met with both Coach Leavitt and Coach Fulmer. They were both good visits."

"Tennessee has a good foundation, I could help them build on that."

"South Florida was the first team to offer me, I've liked them for a long time. I fit their system and like what they are trying to accomplish."

Taylor says he's working on setting up an official visit with Tennessee and will probably have something set after their bowl game. As for USF, Taylor says he will be visiting the Bulls on January 18th, possibly with teammate Tommy Streeter.

"I'm going to choose a school that fits me. Most important is my education. Football is going to take me as far as I want it too, but the education is going to be something I will have forever."

My Take:
Quavon Taylor said it best, "I fit their system perfectly". Not only the Bulls system, but the mentality. USF is usually the underdog, especially in the eyes of college football fans across the country. Getting players like Taylor will change that perception, quickly. This kid will be a steal for whichever program lands him.

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