Taylor taking his time

Taylor taking his time

JACKSONVILLE (N.C.) -- Jimmie Taylor is not looking for attention. He keeps to himself, he does not seek publicity, and he is quietly going through the recruiting process...

You are not going to get too much out of Jimmie Taylor.

He is a junior out of Jacksonville (N.C.) Southwest Onslow and he has scholarship offers from Duke, Florida, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Tennessee among others.

Taylor is quiet -- he is not a prospect looking to talk about his offer list, his recruitment, or his favorites. He is keeping an open mind and he knows he is just at the early stages of this process.

"I am completely open right now," said Taylor. "I do not have any favorites -- I am looking at everyone the same way.

"I am going to take my time and I don't think I will start narrowing my list down until close to my senior year."

By that time, you can expect the 6-foot-3, 220 pound rush end to have plenty of new offers on his list.

He is hearing from numerous schools that have yet to pull the trigger and one is South Carolina. He camped there in July and he liked what he saw.

"I liked it at South Carolina. Everything they do is fast and they really go hard. I like their style and I know they have a lot of interest in me. I think they could be close to offering me. I want to get back there for a game this season."

The only other school Taylor visited over the summer is North Carolina. Chapel Hill is a town he likes and the combination of early offer-location-familiarity may give the Tar Heels an early edge.

"I like how North Carolina is always pumped, ready to go, and ready to play," said Taylor. "They are a smart, fast, and physical team, and that is how I play. I like the program.

"Being an in-state school that has offered me kind of does help UNC."

"It is nice that it (UNC) is close to home and that they offered early, but I still want to check out other schools. So really, it kind of helps, but it kind of doesn't."

The four-star has also been on the campus of a couple other in-state schools that have already offered.

He praised each.

"I like the family-feel most when I was at N.C. State. The coaches treat their players like sons there and I like that.

"At Duke, I just had a good time when I was there. From the time I walked in to the time I walked out, I had a good time. It is relaxed there and the atmosphere was nice."

Taylor had a fairly quiet summer when talking time on the road, but he plans to be at plenty of games this fall. Other than South Carolina, Taylor also hopes to see games at Florida, North Carolina, and other places in the coming months.

Taylor vs. Havelock (2014 scrimmage)

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