Miami soccer recruit: five-star defensive tackle Leonard Taylor enlists against hurricanes

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Manny Diaz and the Miami Hurricanes got a huge boost in their 2021 recruiting class with the signing of five-star defensive tackle Leonard Taylor on Thursday. Taylor made the pledge at CBS Sports headquarters, giving the Canes a recruiting victory over Florida for one of the top players in the talented state.

Hailing from Miami Palmetto High School, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Taylor is the No. 6 player in Florida state, the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country and the No. 27 player in the class. of 2021, according to the 247Sports Composite.

Our partners at 247Sports are even higher on Taylor than the industry average, ranking him 4th in overall class outlook. Sports expert Charles Power provided this screening report on Taylor:

Has little weight with the frame and length to nail more weight into the upper body and midsection. 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 playing along the defensive line. Uses its length to disengage from opposing offensive linemen and wins with a solid first step and quick swim stroke. Incredibly disruptive as an inside pass hitter. He gets his hands on a lot of balls, whether it’s using his long arms to disrupt passing lanes or blocking kicks. Play with a good pad level and a slim body. Find several ways to disrupt the offensive game plan. Will need to continue improving his strength at the point of attack and his ability to hold his position as a double team. He appears to be one of the top 2021 cycle prospects in the world 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 potential for all leagues and all Americans and the benefit of becoming a first-round pick.

The comparison for Taylor is another disruptive defensive lineman who has become a first-round pick: former Alabama star Quinnen Williams.

Taylor grew up playing basketball and baseball and still thinks he has a lot of development as he matures in this potential first-round talent. This is where picking Miami makes sense to him, joining a Hurricanes program that has fielded elite defensive lines under Diaz’s leadership.

The recruiting victory for Miami has both immediate and global implications. Of course, the arrival of a five-star talent in one of football’s most important position groups is going to boost anyone’s future stock, but it’s also significant that the Canes were able to lock in the engagement. from a Miami native who ranked among the best. of the best players in the state. The state of Florida, and especially South Florida, is no longer recruiting benefits with so many of the best programs in the country implementing national strategies that include visits to the Sunshine State. Not only did Miami push Florida away for Taylor, but also early interest from Alabama and Auburn.

Taylor is the third Miami Palmetto prospect to join the 2021 Hurricanes class, joining four-star defensive tackle Savion Collins and three-star wide receiver Brashard Smith. Miami is also up for two other big goals for the school: five-star cornerback Jason Marshall and four-star safety Corey Collier.

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