Deacs Offer Taylor

Ryan Taylor

This recruiting season, the Wake Forest coaching staff need not travel far to find division I-A talent. Right in their backyard, Winston-Salem (N.C.) Mount Tabor High School contains three recruits being courted by ACC and SEC schools.

Wake Forest took a step in the right direction in landing one of the trio after the conclusion of their one-day camp.

"They said that I have a full ride and that they'd love for me to be a Demon Deacon," said Ryan Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound tight end/wide receiver.

North Carolina extended Taylor an offer a day prior to his Wake Forest offer and Vanderbilt offered a few weeks earlier.

The tendering schools compromise Taylor's top three favorites, but UNC currently garners the leadership position. However, Taylor admits the Demon Deacons aren't that far behind.

"I'm pretty comfortable with the coaches – I've spent more time with them then other coaches. It's very close to home, which makes it easy for my parents to go to games. And it has kind of a hometown feel – a lot of people I know go to games every Saturday."

The only thing the camp didn't accomplish was establishing Taylor's position in the Wake Forest program.

"Wake said they weren't quite sure what they wanted to do with me yet," said Taylor. "I worked out a lot at receiver. They said that my speed – I ran a 4.6, was fine. They said a big guy didn't have to be that fast in their program."

Taylor camp has camped at North Carolina and plans to camp at Virginia Tech, and Tennessee. He will also head to Charlottesville to attend Virginia's lacrosse camp.

Last season, Taylor caught 53 passes for 982 yards (18.53 average) and 14 touchdowns. He was also used in goal line situations where he accumulated close to 400 yards and three touchdowns.

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