Canes back in the mix for 5-star DT Taylor

Canes back in the mix for 5-star DT Taylor

Stefan Adams
This past weekend, 2021 Miami Palmetto (FL) 5-star DT Leonard Taylor competed with some of the area’s top talent at the Under Armour All-America Miami Camp. After dominating the event, Taylor earned an invite to the UA All-America Game with a strong effort in the trenches against a solid group of offensive linemen.

“I feel like I did great,” Taylor said. “I did what I was supposed to do, showed people why I’m a five-star.”

Who was the toughest offensive lineman to go against?

“The center from Columbus (Ryan Rodriguez), he’s pretty tough,” Taylor said.

In late December, Taylor left the Miami Hurricanes out of his top 5 list he released on Twitter, and many felt that was a surprising decision considering how much he had talked up the local school over the past year. The Canes’ staff was also taken back a bit, and head coach Manny Diaz and DL coach Todd Stroud reached out to Taylor soon after.

“They told me I shouldn’t give up on them now, that everybody has turnaround seasons,” Taylor said. “They just said to keep them in my mind.”

It seems UM’s pitch worked, as the Canes were able to get Taylor back on campus again about a month later for their Junior Day event in late January.

“I was talking mostly with coach Stroud,” Taylor said of the visit. “He seems like a good person. He was teaching me about the defense they’d be running if I come out there and the relationships I could build with the coaches.

“He told me basically if I come out there, I could play any position on the line, because I have the athletic ability to do it.”

Ultimately the appeal of a program like Miami to Taylor is the tradition of the team and the proximity of the campus in relation to his family.

“Who wouldn’t want to be a Cane? There’s no place like home,” Taylor said of UM. “The coaches really interest me and it just feels like home every time I’m there.”

The schools that originally made Taylor’s top 5 were LSU, Georgia, Florida, Auburn, and Tennessee. In addition to putting Miami back in the mix, Taylor says he is also considering Texas A&M as well, and he has a few more visits planned for later this spring. The Miami Palmetto also recently took a visit to UF last week as well.

“I’ll be going to Texas A&M, LSU, Georgia, and Auburn,” Taylor said. “No dates yet, I’m going during my spring break, so really it’s whenever I have time.”

With his current plan to commit in early December before signing early, Taylor still has plenty of time to come to a decision, but he does know what he will mainly be looking for when it comes time to make his choice.

“Really it’s about the education,” Taylor said. “I want to go to the school and feel like I’m going to learn something, football is second.”

 

Comments (45)

Reminds me of Gerald McCoy minus the elite snap quickness.

Win and these kids will hop on the bandwagon. Gotta stay on Taylor and delay his decision.
 
Reminds me of Gerald McCoy minus the elite snap quickness.

Win and these kids will hop on the bandwagon. Gotta stay on Taylor and delay his decision.
That is the thing man I dont wanna limit it to S. Fla as I think it applies to most kids, but a majority are bandwagon fans. There is no secret that the year we brought out the chain, had a 10 win season, beat the brakes off ND that we ended up with our best recruiting class in yearssss
 
They tell different reporters from different things depending on who they're talking to. It's funny to watch.
Said this for a decade and change. They know who the reporters are, say whatever to get done, and keep it moving.

The other funny thing to me is that most never talk as coherently as they come across in interviews. They always get dressed up.
 
"it just feels like home every time I’m there.”

How many times have we heard this line?
Start winning.
stop losing to basketball schools.

These kids want to live in Miami and enjoy South beach before making that NFL check.. be real no one wants to be on a loser/6-6 team
 

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