Deacs hanging tough with Taylor

D.J. Taylor

Dionte "D.J." Taylor was given a Wake Forest offer over the summer. The 6-foot, 172-pound wide receiver from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School of Nova Southeastern University said the Deacons stood out to him when he received the offer. They are one of three schools he's given an official visit to.

"The official visit was fun," said D.J. Taylor. "I really liked the school. I got a chance to see how Coach Grobe operates the ins and outs out the program. It's cool how many guys they fave from South Florida. Orville Reynolds is a close friend of mine. I knew Kevis Jones from Northeast [High School]. He helped me out and showed me around. My player-host was Teddy Matthews from West Palm Beach. Tyler Cameron joined us, so the four of us did a lot together during the visit.

"Getting a chance to talk with all of the South Florida guys was probably my favorite part of the visit. They told me stories about playing in all-star games and going through the recruiting process. The other thing I really liked was the weather. It was the first time I got to see the leaves change color."

Taylor got to see Wake Forest's key ACC win over Boston College, who is also recruiting Taylor very heavily. It also gave him a chance to bond with position coach, Lonnie Galloway.

"I like Coach Galloway I a lot," Taylor stated. "It seems like he should be the one recruiting me. We have great communication between us. He's not someone who keeps repeating the same things over and over to get me to go there. He really seems genuine. I think he has a lot of offer as a position coach. I can see him helping me improve my game there and have a good shot of reaching the next level."

At "U-School", Taylor makes a potent receiving duo with fellow senior, Jordan Cunningham. The Suns are currently 8-0 having two regular season games forfeited by their opponents. On the season, Taylor has 23 receptions for 385 yards and six touchdowns. He'll probably wait until the season is over to make a final decision on college.

"I've taken official visits to Boston College and UCF, and Wake Forest," Taylor said. "I want to go to the environment I feel I can best operate in for the next four years. Personally, I like a campus with a lot of people in a big city. I want a go somewhere I'll have a chance to play early. I'm going to look at academics. I want to come away [from college] with a strong degree. I'd like to be fairly close to home so my family can be there to support me and come up for a couple of games. Right now, I don't have a a time-frame on a decision. When I get the right feeling in my gut, then I'll be ready to commit."

Taylor and University School will begin their hunt for a Florida 3A championship on Friday against Cardinal Newman of West Palm Beach. Taylor reports a 3.4 GPA and a 1540 on the SAT.

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