UT chasing Carolina WR

Tennessee recruiters may not have to wait long to find out if they'll get the services of one of the top wide receivers in the South's signing class of 2005.

Rendrick Taylor, a 6-2, 205-pounder from Marlboro County (S.C.) High School, plans to graduate next December and enroll at the college of his choice in January of 2005. So, he's on a little quicker timetable than most prep standouts.

''Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee are all showing interest,'' Taylor told Robert Thorne of CUTigers.com.

Noting that Clemson and Georgia are the early leaders, he added: ''I will probably make my decision early. I will graduate in December.''

Taylor, who runs a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash, caught 28 passes for 803 yards last season. That's an amazing 28.7 yards-per-catch average. Eight of his catches went for touchdowns. He also returned two kicks for TDs and scored another on a rushing attempt.

What makes him so productive?

''I feel like I'm stronger than most receivers,'' Taylor said.

Taylor is looking for a program that provides a good fit for him. He wants to feel comfortable with the coaches but also with the offense he will be part of the next four years.

''I will look at how they recruit me,'' he said. ''I will look at the run-versus-pass ratio. I am looking for a wide-open offense. I will also look at the coaching staff.''

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