December 7, 2011

BC offer changes things

Heading into this week Dionte Taylor had received verbal offers from Eastern Michigan, Marshall and Miami-OH. In just the last few days he has picked up his first two verbal offers from schools in BCS conferences.

The 6-foot, 165-pound receiver from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School was excited to learn that Boston College was offering him at the beginning of the week. That was a big moment in his life and is a sign that he has finally arrived on the national recruiting map.

"Boston College came to my school earlier this week and Coach Ryan Day watched my highlights," Taylor explained to "He expressed his interest in them and I've expressed my interest in Boston College.

"I knew about some of the players that have gone up there and I know what they've done. He had answers to questions I had about the majors they provide and he gave me a brochure on the school. He told me what the players major in and what their strongest majors are."

Taylor said he wants to major in health science and academics are a big reason the Eagles are in great shape.

"I was really impressed with Boston College after they offered because I know they have a strong academic program. It's good to know I would have a great degree to fall back on. Out of all the schools that have offered they're my favorite.

"Out of the schools that haven't offered I really like Florida. I like Michigan State and some of the schools up north in the Big Ten, too."

Duke became the fifth school to offer Taylor recently.

This was Taylor's first season at University School. He transferred in from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Stranahan and the transition went very smooth.

"I don't think it could have gone any better," he said.

"From the first day walking into the locker room I felt accepted as a teammate. They embraced me and took me in. There was no animosity towards me. I really looked up to the coaches as role models, from the wide receivers coach to the offensive coordinator, head coach and even the defensive coaches."

University School's season ended in the second round of the playoffs. On the year Taylor hauled in 32 receptions, four of which went for touchdowns.

What kind of player will a school be getting when Taylor verbally commits sometime over the next year?

"My teammates call me a possession receiver and most people know me for my route running ability and my tempo," he said. "My coaches know me for my speed and they see me every day in practice. That and my route running."

During the season Taylor attended Miami's game against Ohio State and Florida State's home game against Miami. The trip to Tallahassee went especially well.

"I really did like the FSU trip," he admitted. "There was a loud atmosphere because it was a huge game against UM. The city was crazy. There's so much tradition everywhere you go in the city. In the stadium before the game they talked to us about all their traditions at the school. It was great."

Taylor said he doesn't know what to do with his time now that football season is over so he plans on attending as many camps and combines as he can when those start up.


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