D.J. Taylor talks Wake Forest

Wake Forest is one of Dionte "D.J." Taylor's most recent offers with 19 total. The 6-foot, 172-pound wide receiver, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., attends University School of Nova Southeastern University. He is recruited by Wake Forest's Lonnie Galloway.


"Coach Galloway is a good friend of my trainer," said D.J. Taylor. "He asked me if I'd be interested in wanting to play for him. I told him that it was a strong possibility.

"Coach Galloway knew my trainer from when he worked with Orville Reynolds. He said he loved my highlight film. He liked the way I put my feet on the ground after the catch, the tempo in my route running, and the way I catch the ball using my hands with my arms extended.

"I'm very interested in Wake Forest. I've been talking to Coach Mac about visiting in July. I like the quality of the degree Wake Forest presents you at graduation. I saw how they used Chris Givens as the feature receiver and how he was able to produce within the offense."

Taylor is moving to slot receiver in his senior season at "U-School." The Suns receiving corps is strong with fellow seniors, Jordan Cunningham and D.J. Woods, in the rotation.

"Last year was pretty good," Taylor said. "I felt liked I contributed as a player and a leader and stepped up in big moments during the season. I had 32 catches for somewhere between 400 and 500 yards and four touchdowns.

"This year we want to avenge our loss to (American) Heritage and win state. I'd like to do better, get twice amount of yards I had last year, and be an example for my younger teammates."

Taylor holds offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky, Nebraska, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Akron, Bowling Green, Eastern Michigan, Houston, Marshall, Miami of Ohio, Tulane, UCF, and three FCS football programs.

"Boston College and Wake Forest both stand out to me," Taylor said. "UCF and Cincinnati are both showing me a lot of attention.

"I want to go to the environment I feel I can best operate in for the next four years. I'd like to sit down and talk with the offensive coordinator and the wide receivers coach to see what they have in mind for the offense and what they can teach me about my role in it.

"I don't really him a time-frame [for a decision]. When I get the right feeling in my gut, then I'll be ready to commit."

Taylor and University School will be featured in a game against Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) in the 15th Annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown on August 26th. Taylor reports a 3.4 GPA and a 1540 on the SAT. He wears No. 8 for the Suns.

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