One of the many highly rated visitors at Virginia over the weekend was Levonta Taylor. The Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes stand out took notice of the Cavaliers and their improvements.
"I saw a little bit of the scrimmage," said the 5-foot-10, 174-pound Taylor. "I saw their new offense and how they're running more cover-man on defense. I like playing man and cover-2."
"I talked to Quin, Turtle and Jamil," he said. "Jamil is on his way to being a starting wide receiver and Quin is already the starting safety. They were telling be they're focus on beating UCLA in their opener. It's going to be hard but they just need to limit their mistakes and they should be good."
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There are so many players that Taylor knows at Virginia so they figure to be a key player in his recruitment down the line.
"I'm taking Virginia pretty seriously but at the same time I have some other options too," Taylor said. "I talk to Michigan State, Ohio State, Miami and Tennessee."
Taylor already has another visit set up for during the season.
"I know I'm going to Florida State for their game against Notre Dame," he said. "The Florida State coaches told me I remind them of Lamarcus Joyner, one of their defensive backs that just went to the NFL. They like how I get to the ball. They really want me so I'm going down there to see all of the new facilities they're getting. One of my defensive tackles from Ocean Lakes, Derrick Nnadi, is in the starting rotation down there so that's pretty cool to see."
There are a few other games Taylor wants to see this year.
"I want to go to Alabama's games against LSU and Auburn," said Taylor. "Those aren't planned yet but I'd like to go for those."
As a sophomore, Taylor made 49 tackles, three tackles for a loss, intercepted seven passes, knocked down ten passes, forced one fumble and had one interception return for a touchdown and one on a punt return. He also added two touchdowns as a slot receiver.