One of the rising stars in the 2016 class is Levonta Taylor. The defensive back out of Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes already has more than 20 offers to his name and the most recent school to pull the trigger already has a relationship with one of his teammates.
"UCLA offered me not too long ago," said the 5-foot-9, 164-pound Taylor. "All I know is that it's on the west coast and there's a lot going on out there. I could get a good education there and I'm pretty pumped up to see what's going on on the west coast. Jaason Lewis congratulated me on the offer. He said it's pretty cool out there."
Lewis, Taylor's teammate and a four-star in the 2015 class, had been committed to the Bruins before decommitting in mid-April.
Taylor had been scheduled to visit two big time programs recently but only actually made it to one of them.
"I didn't get to go out to Notre Dame because I had a class I had to go to," he said. "I went out to Tennessee not too long ago. It was pretty fun. During the defensive back drills with coach Martinez I was the lead guy in the group. I had to go first with everything. One time I went against Calvin Ridley and got an interception.
Taylor doesn't have any other visits planned right now but is hoping to visit LSU and Miami at some point in the near future. None of the schools that have offered Taylor have separated themselves from the pack yet.
"Right now everything is about even," Taylor said. "I'd say Miami, LSU and Michigan State are coming after me pretty hard."
Taylor was one of the few underclassmen to participate in the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour.