January 9, 2012

Eagles in contact with Jersey ATH

TJ Taylor had a breakout junior season at Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick and colleges are taking notice. He's bound to have a lot of schools in contact with him in the coming months and the Eagles have made a good case for themselves so far.

While Taylor is still waiting for his first verbal offer to come in he's in a much better position today than he was before his junior season.

It was a junior season in which he registered 45 tackles and one interception with eight pass breakups. Offensively he hauled in 17 receptions for 468 yards and six scores.

"As a team we had a really great season," Taylor said this week. "It was the best season in school history. We went 10-1.

"So far I've been hearing most schools would want me to play wide receiver. They think I'd be able to get in on the offensive side of the ball, but I also had a great defensive season. Some coaches went to my games and said I could play defense, too."

BC is one of those schools that is closely watching the 6-foot-3, 180-pound athlete.

"I've actually made a couple of phone calls to Coach (Mike) Dawson and we've been in contact a lot since after the season and during my basketball season," he explained. "We've been e-mailing back and forth and I've been getting updates weekly on what they're doing, so we've been in a lot of contact."

Taylor has never visited Boston College but that's a trip he's looking forward to.

"I was talking to my football coach and he was telling me how nice it is up there. I've heard about the environment of the school and how great the academics are," he said.

"I'm just talking to the coach and it seems like a really nice place."

Does he have any favorites yet?

"I actually don't right now," he said. "All the schools are really at the same level. I really like Boston College because we've been in a lot of contact and Rutgers is close so that's another school on my list."

South Carolina, Rutgers and Notre Dame have also been in touch with Taylor on a regular basis. He attended a junior day at Rutgers last year.

"That was so close it wasn't really traveling," he noted. "There have been other schools around here like Pittsburgh. I've talked to them a couple of times on the phone. There are a lot of schools from around the area."

Taylor said he will attend BC's junior day at the end of January.

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