With every new season come new players. Most of the time, the new kids on the block are freshmen. For the 2014-2015 season, Duke signed a plethora of true freshmen.
Here’s the lowdown on wide receiver Chris Taylor.
Taylor is coming to Duke out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. and was recruited by schools east of the Mississippi river. He had scholarship offers from Appalachian State, Duke, Eastern Michigan, Marshall, Massachusetts, Ohio, Vanderbilt, Western Michigan and Yale. Auburn, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech also expressed interest in the 6-foot-1 168 pounder.
During his high school career, Taylor blossomed in his junior season, having 25 receptions for 560 yards and added 15 touchdowns. In his senior season, Taylor transferred from North Broward Prep to University School. After the transition, he caught 47 passes for 856 yards and had 12 touchdowns on the year. His presence on the field helped his alma mater reach the state playoffs and finish the year with a 9-3 record. He was named first team all-state for class 4A by the Associated Press.
Once Taylor committed back on May 14, 2013, the offers didn’t stop coming in for him. Vanderbilt kept recruiting Taylor until the middle of October that year. He declined the offer, but rumors were churned out of the rumor mill saying that he was going to withdraw his commitment from Duke for Vanderbilt.
Taylor talked about it right after it all unfolded.
“The next day I get out of practice, and I saw my coaches from Duke were sending me messages saying that there’s a story online that ‘Chris Taylor got an offer from Vanderbilt and that he’s seriously thinking about flipping [his commitment],” Taylor said.
Despite the rumors, Taylor has remained faithful to the Duke organization, despite the “news” that came about over a year ago.