Wake Forest offers Lone Star State athlete

This 6-foot-4, 227-pound athlete received his first scholarship offer last week from Wake Forest. He was named First Team All-District 14 as a first year starter going against fierce competition in Texas 5A football. DeaconSports has the latest news...

"It was last week when I phoned Coach Jackson," said Jayme Taylor from The Woodlands in the Houston area. "He told me they were offering me at tight end or H-back.

"I also spoke with Coach Lobo, the Offensive Coordinator. They talked about how they liked my athletic ability, especially for my size. They also liked how versatile I was and thought I could move to different positions on the field, either in the backfield or lining up with my hand on the ground."

The Woodlands Highlanders only dropped one game in the regular season and went all the way to the 4th round of the state playoffs where they were narrowly defeated by Dallas Skyline. Although recruited as a tight end, Taylor was selected All-District at wide receiver in 2011.

"As a sophomore I started two games at outside receiver," Taylor said. "This past season I played slot receiver, and we ran some packages where I lined up in the backfield. In my junior year I definitely improved on my speed, route running, and taking better angles to block people. Most of all I gained a better knowledge of the game."

Taylor played through pain during the playoffs and had minor elbow surgery in the off-season. The injury prevented him from playing varsity basketball this winter, but he's taken a couple of campus visits and talks to interested coaches while he recuperates.

"I went to junior days at Texas A&M and Notre Dame," said Taylor. "I haven't heard much from either one since the visit. I am receiving a lot of attention from Arizona State. I speak to Coach Connelly, the Offensive Coordinator, or the tight ends coach at least once a week. I'm planning on a visit [to Tempe].

"I'm going to wait and weigh my options. I don't want to rush into a commitment. I'd love to go to a school with good academics on a nice campus. I've been doing research on Wake Forest since the offer. I'm planning on visiting the campus during the summer to get a better knowledge of the university."

Taylor's family lived in Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Syracuse before settling in the Houston area three years ago.

Brandon Taylor, Jayme's older brother, led the Highlanders in tackles as a senior linebacker last season.

On the offensive end, Jayme Taylor had 29 receptions for 413 yards (2nd on the team) with two touchdowns. He was named by The Woodlands coaching staff a Player of the Week in the win against Kingwood. Also an exceptional student, Taylor reports a 4.4 GPA on a weighted scale.

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