Five Star Defensive Tackle Leonard Taylor announced its commitment to the Miami hurricanes shortly after 1 p.m. EDT Thursday CBS Sports Headquarters. The elite defensive line at Palmetto High School in Miami chose the hometown program over its fellow finalist in the state of Florida.
The industry-generated 247Sports Composite ranks Taylor as a five-star rookie, ranked 27th overall in the country’s 2021 recruiting class. He is ranked No. 3 nationally among 2021 defensive tackle prospects, as well as No. 6 overall in the state of Florida for his class.
However, the Top247 ranking put Taylor significantly higher. He’s No. 4 overall in the Top247, which also places him No. 1 among 2021 defensive tackles and No. 2 in Sunshine State’s 2021 cycle.
Miami continues to excel in recruiting locally into the 2021 class. Only a few of the Hurricanes’ 21 entries come from outside of the Miami metro area. Taylor’s addition places the Miami class in the domestic top 10 at No. 8, according to the 247Sports Composite Team Recruiting Rankings.
A strong junior campaign led to the selection of Taylor to the Miami Herald All-Dade 8A-6A first team. He played a major role in a Palmetto defense that helped the Panthers to a 10-2 record and an appearance in the Florida Class 8A regional semifinals. A consistently disruptive force up front for Palmetto, Taylor finished the year with 68 tackles, 26 tackles for the loss, 11 sacks and even added two interceptions.
Taylor was one of the nation’s most coveted rookies during the 2021 cycle. In addition to his two finalists, Taylor has reported offers from programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State , Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee, and Texas A&M, among several other schools.
The following is the 247Sports screening report on National Scout Charles Power’s Taylor, which compares Taylor favorably to the former Alabama star and New York Jets defensive lineman. Quinnen Williams:
“Has little weight with the frame and length to gain more weight in the upper body and the middle part. Should see his body transform once he’s in a full time weight training and conditioning program to the next level. Is a fluid and natural athlete who plays along the defensive line. Uses its length to disengage from opposing offensive linemen and wins with a strong first step and quick swim stroke. Incredibly disruptive as an inside passer. He gets his hands on plenty of balls, whether it’s using his long arms to disrupt passing lanes or block kicks. Plays with a good level of padding and good elasticity of the body. Find several ways to disrupt the offensive game plan. He will have to continue to improve his strength at the point of attack and his ability to hold his ground when in a double team. as one of the nation’s top overall prospects in the 2021 cycle and among the best defensive linemen to come out of South Florida in years. Projects as a multi-year starter at the Power Five level with all-eague and All-American potential and the advantage of becoming a first-round pick. ”