Taylor Talks Opening, Michigan Offer

Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes 2016 CB LeVonta Taylor updates his recruitment form The Opening.

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Levonta Taylor was one of a few select 2016 prospects invited to The Opening last week held at Nike’s world headquarters. An opportunity, he says, he didn’t take lightly.

“It’s been a good experience,” said Taylor, who stars for Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes. “You know, line up against the great athletes out here that ahead in class. Calvin Ridley, Alabama commit, we had a good match up. This last round, George Campbell, they say he ran a 4.36 and I run 4.32. We matched up to see if it really legit. That’s things that I like.”

Overall, the four-star cornerback says he matched up “great” with the star studded talent in attendance.

“I did real good and feels great,” Taylor said. “It shows that I have capability to check these type of receivers that will be going [Division 1] college next year. So I am proud of checking those types of receivers.”

With double-digit offers, Taylor holds notable offers from UCLA, LSU, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Hawaii, Clemson, Michigan State and Michigan. But make no mistake, he maintains he no leaders right now in his recruitment.

“Right now the schools that are sticking out to me – [he paused] – right now all of them are even right now, cause I am so young and process right now,” Taylor said. “So I would say all of them are even right now.”

As far as what he is looking for in a program, Taylor says loyalty is a major factor in his recruitment.

“Loyalty,” Taylor said on what he is looking for in a program. “That is the man part. One thing they are telling me, they could be telling other players a story that is different. Loyalty is one. [Second] is playing time and academics goes along with that. Cause football is not forever.”

While Taylor won’t name a leader, he did admit he does have a certain appreciation for his offer from the Wolverines.

“My thoughts are heavy on that,” Taylor said on his U-M offer. “I am the only 2016 corner that they offered in my class. That’s real heavy right there. They just picked up that one kid from my state [Garrett Taylor] that plays corner and they have Jabrill Peppers.”

The offer came from U-M assistant coach Roy Manning.

“He is real good guy, we had real good connection the first time I met him,” Taylor said of Manning. “he has told me about Michigan and how they study their players. … So that show me how much he cares about his players.”

Taylor says he would like to visit Michigan in the near future, but doesn’t have a planned visit on his schedule.

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