Talking Recruiting with 2015 DT Darvin Taylor

Like last recruiting cycle, there's elite defensive line talent in the Commonwealth of Virginia for 2015. Six-foot-three, 295-pound, Thomas Dale defensive tackle, tight end, and right tackle Darvin Taylor is a blue chip prospect that the Hokies are trying to land to bolster the interior of their defensive line. As of right now, Darvin has 19 scholarship offers and according to his father, Darvin L. Taylor, he's visited nine different colleges over the past year-and-a-half, including visiting Tech 3 or 4 times. Darvin and his family plan on visiting Tennessee, Clemson, and Virginia Tech this spring/summer before he commits.

Darvin told me last Friday he'll chose to play in a, "Place that kind of feels like home ... a place that I could see myself living for four to five years."

Additionally he's looking to play for a position coach that's, "More like a father figure, not like a friend." Someone he can trust.

Both education and winning at the next level are important to Darvin. In his own words he'll chose, "Somewhere I'll be able to get a great education, so no matter what job I have, they'll be like, 'Wow, you got your degree from blah, blah,' wherever I'm going.

"Somewhere I'll be able to win a national championship, BCS Bowl games, somewhere I can just compete. A big thing football wise, I want to go somewhere where I'll be able to win every game, or losing two games in a season is like a failure."

Darvin camped at Tech last summer and visited during the Maryland game. He said of his trip last fall, "It's a very nice campus, I liked the facilities, they had some heckuva defensive tackles, defensive players, it was a good atmosphere, and I believe I can get a great education from Virginia Tech."

Darvin believes leadership, "People respect me on my team," and technique, using his hands to shed blockers, double teams, to disrupt action in the backfield, are his biggest assets on the field. He says he needs to improve on anticipating the center's snap to get off the ball faster.

Darvin plans to commit on August 28th, which is his birthday, and Thomas Dale's first game. Shane Beamer has been recruiting Darvin. Taylor said of Shane, "We have a pretty good relationship, he's a very nice guy." Also, Darvin was teammates with 2014 Virginia Tech signee C.J. Reavis. C.J. isn't pushing Darvin one way or another, but has extolled Tech's positives, those both on and off the field.

Darvin wants to major in communications (the media side) with a minor a business in college, and hopes to pursue a career in broadcasting when he's done playing football.

Tech's defensive line has been trending small. Darvin has the size and skills to be a big nose tackle at the point of attack who can create space, and use his motor to make plays.

Darvin's highlights are available on his Hudl.


He needs to be in orange & maroon!

"Give me a fu¢king beer", Anonymous Genius

A place like home: check
Father Figure: check
Education (Comm and Bus.): check
Not getting to the BCS is a disappointment: check
Awesome Defensive team: Double check
C.J. Reavis: Triple Check

Someone get this kid a uni!!

That team sure did suck last night. They just plain sucked! I've seen teams suck before, but they were the suckiest bunch of sucks that ever sucked.

Monster of a kid. I see our biggest competition as Clemson. They pride themselves on player development. I hope we can land him! Bud painting a vision of his plan for him on the interior, talking schemes and defenses, could win him over. Hopefully our Communications Dept can sell themselves and the opportunities available. Thankfully Syracuse isn't in the running. Their broadcast/media program is the nations best.

If it ain't orange, it better be maroon...and if it ain't maroon, it better be soon!

FSU is probably the most competition and then Clemson.

In Sam Rogers we trust.

FSU... He went down there this Spring and loved it. He has family in Florida, etc.. Also, the poster on 247sports with very good recruiting connections in Richmond area thinks he's a FSU lean.

BTW, Joe, I love these interviews. Top notch addition to the features offered on this site.

If it ain't orange, it better be maroon...and if it ain't maroon, it better be soon!

I want to go somewhere where I'll be able to win every game, or losing two games in a season is like a failure.

Clearly he won't be visiting Charlottesville...

"We judge ourselves by our intentions and others by their behavior" Stephen M.R. Covey

“When life knocks you down plan to land on your back, because if you can look up, you can get up, if you fall flat on your face it can kill your spirit” David Wilson

When I read that I literally said out loud "Dont have to worry about UVA snaking this one..."

I'm all for bashing UVa but I didn't read this and think we were a perfect fit matching for this desire.

"How you doin', Randy?"

I expect big things starting in 2015 and 16.
Losing 2 games those years...

These recruiting posts have some great inside info Joe!
Let's hope C.J. Revis has some pull with him.

Better questions and interviews than Rivals. Thank you.