Today’s newcomer isn’t from New Jersey, but is from a county in Pennsylvania that borders New Jersey. A few of our new faces in 2012 will be offensive linemen, and amongst them is Frank Taylor of Archbishop Wood High School.
A native of Warrington, Pennsylvania, Taylor appeared as an offensive tackle for Archbishop Wood. In his final two seasons for the Vikings, Taylor was named to the all-state first team and was part of the Keystone State’s side for the annual Big 33 game. The list of achievements during his high school football career extends beyond what is listed here.
He was a three-star recruit coming out of high school according to Rivals and Scout, but was actually given four stars by ESPN’s recruiting service, who had him as the eighth-best recruit in Pennsylvania. There are several scouting reports available on him, all of which project him as a guard on the offensive line at the collegiate level. All indications out of Archbishop Wood are that Taylor was a physical football player who did a good job in blocking for the run game, which was quite productive during his tenure. Scout spoke specifically of his technique and on-field work ethic, as Taylor “finishes his blocks and goes until he hears the whistle.”
Taylor was pursued by a number of schools, and quite a few were in BCS conferences. The list of offers was thirteen schools long, including ACC foes Miami and NC State. We have documentation of Taylor’s Boston College announcement (click the link if the embed doesn’t work):
The camera is in need of a tripod, but we get the idea.
I do not expect to see Taylor appearing on the field in any capacity this year. Burning his redshirt for limited playing time probably would not do him or BC any real favors.