Signee analysis: ATH Will Taylor


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Height: 5-10   Weight: 157   Hometown: Columbia, SC (Dutch Fork HS)   Class: 2021
ESPN:
#83 ATH, #15 SC
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24/7:
# 130 ATH, # 23 SC
Signee analysis: ATH Will Taylor

Clemson signed dual-sport prospect Will Taylor out of state champ Dutch Fork (SC).

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Will Taylor - 3-star ATH - Irmo, SC

Committed since: 9/30/20.

Listed size: 6-0 175.

Brings to Clemson: During the recruiting process, Taylor was being eyed as the next successful in-state QB to make an impact as a receiver for the Tigers, following in the footsteps of one Hunter Renfrow. He was listed as a QB by the Tigers on Signing Day, however. Taylor moved to Palmetto State power Dutch Fork this season and thrived with 32 total TDs and 268.5 yards per over 10 games. Taylor was first a Clemson baseball commitment before getting a football offer over the summer.

Depth chart fit: Taylor joins QB signee Bubba Chandler as planning on a Clemson baseball and football career, while having a shot at being drafted in the spring. Clemson QB coach Brandon Streeter indicated on Signing Day that Taylor will start in a QB role for the Tigers with plans to play receiver as well. Down the road there, he has a chance to compete in the slot where 4-star Troy Stellato currently headlines the 2021 class and Amari Rodgers is expected to move on after the season. The versatile Brannon Spector is a contender there as well for next season.

Brandon Streeter on Taylor: "We're just so fired up about this kid. He's going to bring so much to the table. He's an unbelievable athlete. He's going to play football and baseball here. A center fielder who can really run...Just dynamic with the ball in his hands. We're going to bring him in as a quarterback just to learn the offense, especially that first year. Get that offense big-picture under his belt and you can see what he can do with his arm. Just a threat. Making things happen on the move. Can escape the pocket...We're excited that he has that dual-threat mentality and being able to see the whole field and being able to do that at quarterback and also receiver."

Clemson bio

Overview: Two-sport athlete who will play football and baseball at Clemson … on the gridiron, led Dutch Fork to 2020 5A state title with a 28-6 win over T.L. Hanna … helped Dutch Fork become the first school to win five straight state titles, as the 2020 team ranked No. 18 in the nation according to USA Today … three-star prospect who is ranked among the top 25 players in South Carolina by Rivals.com … in 10 games in 2020, completed 136-of-203 passes for 2,237 yards and 21 touchdowns against just four interceptions … had 60 carries for 448 yards and 11 touchdowns, a 7.5-yard rushing average … in one game against River Bluff, completed 22-of-35 for 334 yards and four scores … in season opener against White Knoll, completed 14-of-21 passes for 307 yards and five touchdowns … against Carolina Forest, had 12 carries for 224 rushing yards and scored five touchdowns … played his first three years of high school at Ben Lippen, throwing for 1,647 yards and rushing for 1,549 more in 2019 … in baseball, hit .432 for Ben Lippen as a sophomore in spring of 2019 … his junior spring (2020) was wiped out by the COVID-19 pandemic … played in the Baseball Factory All-Star Game in Frisco, Texas, an event that welcomes the top 40 high school players in the nation … also a three-time state champion in wrestling at Ben Lippen … committed to Clemson on August 30, 2020 … recruited by Brandon Streeter and Tyler Grisham … played for Tom Knotts at Dutch Fork High School … born Jan. 10, 2003.

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