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Oh, Hello: VA CB Garrett Taylor Commits to Penn State

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Brady Hoke's loss is James Franklin's gain as the one-time Michigan commit officially pulls the trigger for the Nittany Lions today.

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Garrett Taylor, ladies and gentlemen!

Stats:

Home/HS: Richmond, VA/St Christopher's School

Height: 6'1"

Weight: 195

Recruited By: Terry Smith

Starz 'n Sheetz:

Stars: 4* 247Sports, Rivals, ESPN, Scout

Offer Sheet: LSU, Ohio State, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, NC State, Nebraska, UNC, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, USF, Stanford, Tennessee, UVA, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, WVU, Wisconsin

Cinema:

Also check out his Hudl page, here.

The Tale:

As Nick wrote recently, Taylor had narrowed down his options to LSU and Penn State following his late October decommitment from the Wolverines. He visited State College over the weekend for the MSU-Penn State game, exactly one week after taking a visit to Columbus and the Buckeyes (who had also offered him), and a few weeks after his visit down to Baton Rouge--which by all accounts did go extremely well.

Only 3% of Taylor's Crystal Ball projections had him going to PSU, though the most recent ones were from October and projected him to Ohio State. According to 247, Taylor chose the Nittany Lions because "It just felt like home with Coach (James) Franklin and his staff and it's a good balance academically and football wise for me."

Outlook:

Taylor is ranked the #6 composite player in Virginia, and the #11 cornerback overall. He's projected to play in the secondary in college, though he is listed some places as an athlete. He missed his entire senior season with a torn ACL, but it didn't seem to impact his recruiting. His recovery is on schedule and he has the ability to make an immediate impact on the field, provided the recovers fully.

He played both offense and defense in high school, and as the mothership's scouting report (linked above) indicates his tape highlights is playmaking ability as a wideout, Derrell Warren seems to think he projects best as a safety--and he could fill the void of a hybrid role, a la the departing Adrian Amos.

Taylor's commitment brings Penn State's 2015 class to 19, with a pair of defensive backs the most highly rated recruits. You can follow Garrett on twitter at @gtaychillin.

Welcome to Penn State, Garrett!