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Florida Pipeline Could Help Orange Reel in JUCO Linebacker Ted Taylor

The Orange has offered JUCO linebacker Ted Taylor, who played last season at Dodge City Community College in Kansas. If he decides to commit, Taylor would fill the final spot in the 2015 Orange recruiting class.

Taylor played at Dwyer High School in Florida. Does that name ring a bell? It should because CB Julian Whigham hails from the same school. Syracuse has been building a pipeline in Florida, most notably during George McDonald’s time with the Orange. Syracuse saw the benefits last season when six Florida recruits decided to join the 2014 recruiting class. The pipeline could pay further dividends if Taylor decides to come to Syracuse.

Although he has not scheduled a visit yet, Taylor has said he wants to visit Syracuse before signing a letter of intent, probably during spring practice. He will have three years of eligibility left to play two seasons. Taylor is also considering Kansas, Northern Illinois, and Bethune-Cookman.

Syracuse already has two outside linebackers in the 2015 class in Troy Henderson Jr. and Shyheim Cullen. Preferred walk-on, Kyle Kleinberg is also joining the team this year. Taylor would see early playing time because of his JUCO experience. The Orange has liked to recruit JUCO players in the recent past, especially in 2013 when the recruiting class consisted of 6 JUCO players. Taylor would join Trey Dunkelberger as the only JUCO recruits in the 2015 class.

Taylor is not a high-profile player by any stretch but could be a valuable late addition to the 62nd best recruiting class in the nation.

Posted:  Zephan Mayell

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