Every big time college team is looking for their next lock down defender outside the lines; someone that a team can depend on the field, defends the pass well, and is a ball hawk around the ball.
North Carolina has been hitting the road looking for that very same guy and might have pinned out one that would benefit any team that chooses to join.
Cornerback Garrett Taylor could just be that guy, as he is only a sophomore, but comes in as a ball hawk on the field with his length and athletic ability, to go along with his speed; potentially being one of the top corners in the nation for the class of 2015.
Taylor is a 6'1", 185 pound cornerback out of St. Christopher's, Virginia, who has caught the eyes of many highly touted college teams around the nation for his services on the field.
Taylor seems to be really picking up speed on his recruitment, but overall, he seems pleased with where he is so early on in his career.
"Overall I would say recruiting has gone really well, especially with it starting as early as it has. I am very happy with the interest I am getting from all of these major FBS football programs," Taylor replied when as how his overall recruitment was going so far.
North Carolina has been on Taylor though for quite a while and was actually the first school to offer him a scholarship, as Coach Bell has been on him and his abilities. Here is what Taylor told TarheelIllustrated in a recent interview about what UNC and Coach Bell has told him during his recruitment.
"Yes I have heard from UNC as I said earlier they offered me a scholarship," said Taylor when asked has he heard from UNC.
"Coach Bell has also been by my school multiple times. When he has stopped by he's been sending the message that they are going to compete to recruit me and land me against all the other major football programs on my list."
"I like UNC, they are a very good school in terms of academics and their football program is on the rise."
However though, North Carolina hasn't been able to keep Taylor a secret, as he currently holds offers from Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Nebraska, UNC, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.
Taylor's ability was shown at the Rivals Camp in Richmond, as he was able to lock down multiple wide receivers on the field. Even coaches from St. Christopher's have told him that it is great to have someone like that on field, not being able to worry about his side of the field.
Taylor would be able to provide a physical corner, who would be able to compete and win the battles against some of the top receivers in the nation week in and week out. Furthermore, Taylor isn't afraid to go after others and get physical.
"I would say my best attribute would be being able to lock down the other team's number one receiver for a whole game and have the coaches' worry about the other side of the field and not mine."
That is certainly what coaches have been able to see so far, early on in Taylor's career and are hoping to see in the future for their own team.
Currently though, Taylor said "Stanford, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, UNC, South Carolina, Clemson, Michigan, and Vanderbilt are showing the most interest."
Taylor informed THI that he is planning a visit June 18th with Stanford and then will head to Vanderbilt and Tennessee in July. He will also be trying to visit Ohio State and Notre Dame over the summer also.
Taylor certainly is shooting for the stars, as he said that he wanted to be number one corner in the nation and win a state championship for his school, something that St. Christopher's is certainly capable of doing with the talent on the field.
As for favorites though, Taylor said that there are none right now but he will likely be trimming his list down soon.
Furthermore, his timetable for commitment will most likely be his senior year of high school.
Taylor will most certainly be one of the main targets for UNC in the class of 2015, as someone that they will be able to depend on and be a lock down corner on the field for the Tar Heels in the coming years.
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