As the season has progressed — and the catches and sacks have piled up — C.H. Flowers senior Monte Taylor has begun receiving more interest from colleges. His coaches told him that N.C. State wants him bad. Cincinnati is sending mail to the school and his home. Syracuse is also in the picture.
But for the moment, Taylor, who already holds offers from North Carolina and Western Michigan, is trying to get his college entrance exam scores in order. While he said his grades are fine, he has been preparing to take the SAT and ACT in early December so that he can qualify to play in college.
“As soon as I get this SAT score back, somebody will know where I want to go,” Taylor said with a smile.
Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end and defensive end, has enjoyed a standout season for the 16th-ranked Jaguars. He is big but mobile, with mammoth hands; he’s a receiver that opposing defenses have to scheme against. In 11 games, he has caught 11 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns in a run-heavy offense. On defense, he has 12 sacks.
The two schools that have already offered him have different ideas of where he will play next year. Western Michigan, the first to dangle a scholarship during a camp over the summer, wants him as a tight end. North Carolina, which offered just before the season, sees him as defensive end.
Taylor said he will send out some more game film to see if any offers come from it. While he has long admired North Carolina, he said he won’t commit until after his college entrance exam scores come back.
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