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Meet the 2020 Class: DE Brandon Taylor

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BSD’s recruiting staff sat down for a roundtable on each prospect Penn State signed in the 2020 class. Coming in at No. 21 was three-star defensive end Brandon Taylor.


What makes you excited about Brandon Taylor?

“As Marty points out below, Taylor lacks the ideal measurables for a defensive end, standing just 6-foot-2 and without the lankiest frame. But man, the kid is just really good at football. He’s quick off the ball, he uses his hands well, and he always seems to be a step ahead. Watching him quickly diagnose run plays like a linebacker is a real treat. He may not have all-conference ability, but there’s some Kevin Givens to his game, which I am all for.” --Patrick

What worries you about Brandon Taylor?

“Taylor’s size makes him a tweener. He is on his way to outgrowing defensive end, but it is not certain if he’ll bulk up quite enough for defensive tackle. If Taylor can make that transition, he can be a heck of a player for the Nittany Lions. But until it is seen where his future takes him, it will be a concern.” --Marty

Do you think Brandon Taylor will be redshirted next season? Around what point of his career do you think he pushes for meaningful playing time?

“Yes. Taylor is very solid football player but isn’t near ready to provide at this level yet. He’ll need at least under his redshirt sophomore year until we hear his name much.” --Clay

What is your projection for Brandon Taylor: depth provider, starter, multi-year starter, all-conference, all-american?

Clay: Depth provider.

Marty: Depth provider, but the kind of depth provider that gives you a large volume of quality reps during the season. Similar to guys like Fred Hansard and Shane Simmons.

Patrick: Depth provider, but I really want to say starter.

Lastly, where do you have Brandon Taylor ranked in Penn State’s class?

Clay: 25th
Marty: 20th
Patrick: 17th