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Cavs, Terps lead for DB

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Athlete Ray Taylor out of Paterson (N.J.) Paterson Catholic recently took in visits to both Maryland and Rutgers Junior Days. What did he think about the schools?
"I really liked Maryland, that's one of my top choices I'm thinking about right now," he said. "They had nice facilities and a good campus and I liked how the crowd was at the basketball game, the fans really get into the game and I like the atmosphere."
The 6-foot-0, 160-pounder then went on about Rutgers.
"Rutgers was pretty nice too," he said. "I like how they were improving everything in the next two years and making the locker room bigger and also their academics for students. The coaches really stuck out and I had fun with them, it was real calm and you could talk to them."
Taylor was also planning visits to Virginia and Virginia Tech, but couldn't make it due to a conflict with basketball.
Right now in recruiting, the athlete and cornerback prospect has heard from Maryland, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Iowa, Rutgers, Maryland, Miami and Tennessee.
"I'd like to hear a little more from Miami and Florida State, schools down in that area," he said. "Florida State because I've been an FSU fan ever since I grew up. I've wanted to play for FSU or Virginia Tech, since I was little."
This season Taylor helped Paterson Catholic to a 10-1 record as they reached the state finals. He was named second team all-league despite missing three games due to injury.
"My season went alright, I had an injury and that kept me down in the stat sheet, but I showed a lot of leadership," he said. "I'm really looking forward to this upcoming season."
So who leads for Taylor right now?
"I would say Maryland and Virginia," he said. "They have been showing the most interest and the coaches have been contacting me. That's why I would choose those two right now as my leaders."
Does Taylor have a preference on what position he plays in college?
"I'd prefer to play cornerback, but I could play that or wide receiver."
This spring Taylor is planning to attend the Nike Combine at Penn State. He is also planning on attending the Blue Chip Combine at Rutgers in May as well as the Rutgers summer camp.
College coaches and top prospects interested in more info on the Blue Chip Combine can e-mail mike@rivals.com
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