In a class without a single defensive end with not a ton of reliable information one way or another in sight, Virginia Tech picked up a commitment on Sunday. Jimmie Taylor, a defensive end from Jacksonville, NC, committed to the Hokies, per Rivals.com. This comes amidst some hazy speculation he was a UNC lean and not particularly high on the Hokie radar. Taylor also has offers from NC State, Michigan, Florida, and Duke, making him a stealthy commitment in terms of national publicity. Taylor joins Clay Dean as the only commitments Tech has on the defensive line for the class of 2016. Taylor visited Blacksburg yesterday and was apparently impressed enough that he decided to commit. Side note, he had also gone to the barbeque- but his recent visit discounts him from ‘leftover’ status.
Jimmie Taylor (Jacksonville, NC. 220lbs, 6’-3". Defensive End.)
Taylor is your prototypical high-school defensive end, which is definitely where he’ll stay in Foster’s defense- weak side is probably the correct direct projection as well. Taylor is rangy, long, and athletic. He comes off the ball well, and violently. He’s lined up at positions across the defensive line, but that probably won’t happen at major college level- Foster doesn’t do amoeba fronts (fronts where defensive players line up out of position and in a variation of stances) in his defense.
Welcome to the Hokies, Jimmie!