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National Signing Day 2011: LB Caleb Taylor Signs with Virginia

Caleb Taylor | Linebacker | Phoebus HS (Hampton, Va.)
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Status:

5'11" / 229 lbs / 4.6 [ESPN] [Rivals]

Rankings:
- ESPN:  3* / 75 Rating / #42 DE
- Rivals: 3* / 5.5 Rating / #22 State
- Scout: 3* / #26 MLB
- _247: 3* / 85 Rating

Other Offers: Louisville, Maryland, West Virginia

Notes: He might be short, but at 225 pounds, he's got pure strength. He's got lateral agility "sidestepping the trash and taking inside-out angles on the ball." He needs to work on using his hands and becoming more fluid, but overall, he is well-rounded. Don't be surprised if Taylor needs to take a redshirt this upcoming year. But once that's over with, he'll be getting some solid playing time.

Quotables:

"I have known for a while that Virginia was the right fit for me. It is a great school, it is close to home, and the staff there is tremendous. It also felt like home and the players and coaches felt like my extended family from the start. At first I wanted to take a few visits but then it hit me, I didn't need to look any further. No one was going to top Virginia for me."

Video highlights follow the jump.

Here is with fellow recruit and teammate Daquan Romero: