Mike Taylor is counting down the days until April 10.
That’s when Taylor, a junior defensive end from Holy Cross (N.Y.), will take an unofficial visit to West Point.
Taylor received an offer from Army safeties coach John Loose in January and recently announced the opportunity to play at West Point on social media.
“It’s just really a blessing,” said Taylor, who is 6-foot-3 and 230. “It’s definitely something that I was interested in looking into before the offer, especially outside of football. Now that I got the offer, it’s definitely more interesting.”
Taylor isn’t the first Holy Cross player that Army has recruited. Two-year Army starting cornerback Brandon Jackson was a Holy Cross alum. Jackson was killed in a car accident on Sept. 11, 2016.
“He (Jackson) came up to the school a couple of times and my coach introduced me to him,” Taylor said. “Just from what everyone says, he was a great character guy, always smiling. Just to follow him up and to be somewhat in the same facilities as him is great.”
Taylor will meet with Army head coach Jeff Monken, whom he spoke with on Tuesday, tour the campus and take in a practice during his visit. He could project as a defensive end or a defensive tackle at the college level.
“We haven’t got that deep into what position,” Taylor said. “That’s definitely one of the questions I will be asking. I think can definitely play defensive line. If I have to make a move, I’m definitely willing to do it.
“It will be my first time on campus. I’m just soaking it all in and see where it goes from there.”
Army is Taylor’s first offer. And from the way Taylor finished a phone interview Tuesday, West Point is high on list of schools that have showed interest.
“Beat Navy,” Taylor said.
On the recruiting trail: Army recently offered Steelton-Highspire (Pa.) defensive lineman Tim Kater. Kater is the brother of former Army tight end Kelvin White, a 2016 West Point graduate who served as a graduate assistant last season…Monsignor Farrell (N.Y) linebacker John Kelly recently picked up an offer from Army. Kelly said of the offer, “I’m extremely grateful. When coach Loose called, I was very excited being that Army offers everything I’m looking for in a school. Definitely a school I’ve been interested in for a while.”
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