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It’s been quite the busy week for North Carolina on the recruiting trail.
The Tar Heels pulled in a second quarterback Thursday in 3-star Suwanee, Ga., quarterback Cade Fortin, once a Texas A&M commit. Then on Saturday, 3-star Cordele, Ga., defensive tackle Jahlil Taylor joined the party, announcing his commitment.
The Tar Heels got in the game late on Taylor, extending him an offer less than two weeks ago. At the time, Taylor was committed to Appalachian State, but he knew that offer would be a game changer, as he told Rivals’ Andrew Jones. That offer led to an official visit Saturday, when he decided to flip his commitment to the Tar Heels.
“They had a big jump on my list,” Taylor told Jones. “I always dreamed of playing ACC football.”
The interest from the Tar Heels came as a surprise to Taylor, as Jones wrote in a different piece for Rivals shortly after Taylor committed. Taylor praised North Carolina’s academics, as well as the players and the coaching staff, as reasons why he chose the Tar Heels.
“Nothing but good vibes here,” Taylor told Rivals. “And the coaches made me feel at home.”
The coaching staff, in particular defensive line coach Deke Adams, played a big role in helping bring Taylor, the nation’s No. 138 defensive tackle accord to 247Sports, to Chapel Hill.
Adams was the one who went to Crisp County High School to extend the offer at the end of November. Adams even went as far to say that “he can make [Taylor] a star one day.”
“They love me; they all said they think I’m very quick and can move,” Taylor told Jones. “Coach Adams thinks that I can make an impact early.”
Taylor joins a defensive line class that is likely nearing its capacity, if it hasn’t already. Chris Collins, a 3-star defensive end out of Richmond, Va., headlines the class with a 247Sports composite ranking that falls just shy of a 4-star classification.
The rest of the defensive line class has been picked up since the beginning of November, making Taylor the icing on top of a very successful month-and-a-half stretch for Adams. Taylor is the only true nose tackle of the group, which also features 3-star ends Nick Fulwider and Lancine Turay.
Weighing in at 305 pounds, Taylor is almost guaranteed to play on the interior defensive line. According to Jones, Adams doesn’t want Taylor to drop any weight from his 305-pound frame, although he does want him to add some muscle.
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