It’s fairly common for juniors in high school to receive scholarship offers. After all, they’ve more than likely already spent a year or two at the varsity level dominating. But for sophomores, offers are rarer. If you’re a sophomore and you’re getting scholarship offers, that means you’re a special player.
Garrett Taylor is one of those special players. The cornerback from the class of 2015 just received word that he was officially offered a scholarship by the Virginia Tech Hokies, his seventh offer so far. The other schools that have offered the 6’1” 185lb standout are Kentucky, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Pretty impressive.
But he could be on the verge of receiving even more offers. Michigan head man Brady Hoke went to Taylor’s high school (St. Christopher’s in Richmond, Va.) to visit with him in person, which greatly impressed the elite young prospect. Taylor expects to be receiving an offer from the Wolverines sooner rather than later. If that wasn’t enough, he will be heading down to Tuscaloosa for an unofficial visit with Alabama in the next few weeks, another school he expects an offer from in the near future.
So what’s next for the future rockstar? Checking all these schools out in person.Virginia Tech, ‘Bama and Florida State all expect Taylor to be present for the spring games, with a few other unofficial visits potentially popping up. Overall, however, I wouldn’t expect him to announce a decision anytime soon.
Here’s why: he’s got a lot of time before he needs to make a decision. I understand if a prospect commits this early in the process to the school he claims to have dreamed about all his life. In that case, of course, commit to your dream school. That makes sense.
But if you don’t have a dream school and are open to anyone (like most prospects), then it doesn’t make sense to rush into anything. These prospects know (or should know) that this is an incredibly important decision. Is it the most important decision of their lives, like college coaches tell them? Of course not. But it will drastically affect the next few years of their lives.
So kudos to Taylor on an already remarkable athletic career. Congratulations on an already impressive offer sheet. Now just sit back and enjoy being courted and praised by some of the most powerful and recognizable men in the world of college football.
Rick Stavig is a National Recruiting Columnist for RantSports.com. In addition to covering College Football, he also covers the NFL and NFL Draft. Follow him on Twitter @rickstavig or add him to your network on google.