Alex Taylor has long been a priority target for the Clemson Tigers.
The wide receiver prospect, out of Grimsley High, NC, was the very first player at his position to pick up an offer from the Tigers in the 2024 recruiting cycle.
“It’s definitely meaningful being the first receiver offered,” Taylor told All Clemson Tigers. “It’s kind of crazy to think about.”
While Taylor has close to 20 offers in total, his recruitment has come down to a handful of schools, all of which he plans to take official visits in June. The 4-star wideout has scheduled stops with Clemson, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia Tech, and also said he could potentially end up going to Florida as well.
Taylor recently went in-depth on what stands out about each of the four schools he has already set up official visits with.
Clemson: “The family atmosphere there, it’s just crazy. Every time I come in, I feel loved. Everyone knows who I am, stuff like that. And their offense, with coach Riley coming in, he’s going to be super explosive. A lot of deep shots with the receivers so I really love how the new offense is looking.”
“They definitely let me know that I’m wanted. Every time I go down there, Coach Swinney is asking when I’m gonna commit. He also tells me to enjoy the recruiting process, but also lets me know that I am wanted at Clemson.”
North Carolina: “They’re down the street, so I’ve been there a lot. They’re always telling me that I’m one of the top guys that they want, especially at the receiver position. How I could fit in with their offense. How they can get me to the next level. So, really love them. They’ve always been there since the beginning of my recruitment process as well.”
NC State: “They’re down the street as well. Coach Joker (Phillips), love how he keeps it real, plus how he coaches his receivers. Terrell Timmons, a receiver there that I played against, from our hometown. Seeing what he can do and what he has done so far at State. Just excited to see that and I feel I can come in and play as a freshman like he did, as well.”
Virginia Tech: “They told me last year that they’re kind of on the rebuild, coming up. But I love their new coaching staff. Everyone has a lot of experience and knows what they’re talking about. When I went down there this past time, they improved a lot more from the past. I don’t know if they got a new OC or not. But I feel like they changed it up a little more with the moves as well. So taking a lot more deeper shots. So I really love what they’ve been doing and how they rebuilt it just in this one year.”
When it comes to making a decision, that is likely to come later this summer after he has taken this last round of visits. While Taylor does have it narrowed down to a chosen few, he will use those officials to help decide which school is the right fit.
“Somewhere I know I can get developed on the field and make it to the next level,” he said. “Somewhere I can produce. Everywhere is going to be competition at the receiver position so somewhere I feel like that I’m actually wanted. And a family atmosphere, on and off the field, so I know that I’m comfortable there.”
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