Mount Tabor Trio Not a Package

While the recruits in Jacksonville (N.C.) attempt to work the package deal angle with college coaching staffs, Ryan Taylor says that won't be the case with the trio at Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor High School – Taylor, O.C. Wardlow, and Tripp Russell.

"I think it's ridiculous to make your decision on the idea of you staying with one guy from your former team, because you are going to have new teammates," said Taylor. "So no it doesn't really play into my decision, although it would be nice if we just happened to decide on the same place."

Of the trio, Wardlow is lone recruit to claim any football scholarship offers at this point. However, Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound wide receiver/tight end, has caught the eye of an SEC school, and figures to impress this summer during various college camps.

"No offers yet," said Taylor. "Vanderbilt said they really liked me a lot and that they were going to go back and meet. I'm going to go to a lot of one-day camps around here – mostly ACC schools."

Despite keeping their college decision completely separate, Taylor and Russell will hit the college camping circuit together. North Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, and South Carolina are definitely on the schedule with a possible trip to Vanderbilt being debated.

Heading into the summer Taylor has established a list of five schools that have started to separate themselves from the pack.

"Just the academic aspect of Vanderbilt and Wake [Forest] I really like; [North] Carolina has always been a real big aspiration just because I grew up watching the Tar Heels," said Taylor. "Those are the big three, but I like Virginia Tech and Virginia a lot, also."

Taylor, who does own a lacrosse scholarship offer from Virginia, hasn't set a date for a decision, but hopes to be committed before his senior season.

Last season, Taylor caught 53 passes for 982 yards and 14 touchdowns. He added 400 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in goal line situations.

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