November 12, 2010

Q&A with Tech commit Justin Taylor

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Virginia Tech landed a commitment from defensive end Justin Taylor on July 1st of 2009 as he joined the 2010 recruiting class. Now a year and a half later and a prep season behind him, Taylor is on the verge of enrolling at Tech after a semester at Hargrave Military Academy. decided to check in with Taylor for a Q&A to find out more about the future Hokie.

Taylor discusses his experience at Hargrave, what his learned, his goals at Tech and more inside. What have you learned from your experience at Hargrave?

Justin Taylor: From my experience here I have learned some great new moves. I'm better off the ball and my speed has improved along with much more.

HH: How big has Hargrave been in preparing you for Virginia Tech?

JT: It's been really big for me. It's just helping me to get good in my study habits and preparing me for everything to come later in life.

HH: You've bulked up significantly in your time there, what are you up to now?

JT: I'm 6-foot-4, and I weigh 230-pounds. I'm still big in my upper body and small in my lower body.

HH: What does Virginia Tech tell you as you are waiting to still make it to Blacksburg?

JT: They just keep checking in and making sure everything is going well. They have said they like that I have gotten bigger.

HH: What is your academic status heading into December?

JT: Hopefully I'll be there in January. Right now I'm just seeing how the SAT goes, but my grades are really good here. I'm likely enrolling in January though.

HH: Obviously your waiting patiently for the day to get to Blacksburg, talk about your excitement for that especially after going through prep school?

JT: I'm real excited just to be playing and going to school at such a great school especially after I leave here.

HH: Let's change it up a big, think back to high school, what was your most memorable moment there?

JT: I guess it was against one of our big rivals. We played against Western and beat them, that was my first game and everyone talked about them winning the whole conference and everything. I did really well; I got to start that game and I liked it a lot.

HH: As for Tech, what do you see yourself doing after Virginia Tech?

JT: I'd like to go pro, if not I'll graduate and get my degree in business or physical therapy.

HH: If you hadn't committed to Virginia Tech, who would you have signed with?

JT: I liked North Carolina. They've got two of my cousins going there and I liked how it is up there.

HH: What teams are you looking forward to playing and beating at Virginia Tech?

JT: Oh yeah, I want to beat North Carolina. When I start playing I'm looking to win whatever team we play, but North Carolina is a real big one. I have a lot of people down there that like North Carolina, so that's going to be pretty big.

HH: I'm sure you watch college and NFL, what player do you try to model your game after?

JT: I like Dwight Freeney. It's just his technique and the way he plays the game.

HH: What do you like to do in your free time?

JT: Usually I just play sports with boys, we play basketball or something.

HH: Finally, what is one thing you want a future recruit to know about Virginia Tech they may not know already?

JT: I liked the coaching staff a lot. They were a big help in making my decision. I feel like I love the team and the coaches are really good, they can get you where you need to be at.

Brian Mohr has covered recruiting in the mid-Atlantic since 2004 and has covered Virginia Tech since 2006 for To contact Brian, please email him at [email protected] for questions, comments or tips, which are always welcome and appreciated

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