Miami football top 5 to watch in 2021 recruiting cycle

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Five-Star defensive tackle

Taylor surprised some followers of college football when he included the Miami football program as one of his top two with Florida. Taylor is expected to sign early in December but not commit until around that time. Other reports state Taylor could decide before then. Florida is the prohibitive favorite to sign Taylor.

Miami is selling Taylor on the potential to come in and play immediately. The Hurricanes lose senior Jon Ford after the 2020 season and junior Nesta Silvera has the option of leaving after the season for the NFL Draft. Redshirt sophomore Jordan Miller and redshirt freshmen Jared Harrison-Hunte and Jalar Holley are behind them.

Taylor is a force in the middle of a defensive line. Miami commit Savion Collins teams with Taylor to give Miami Palmetto a nearly unblockable duo in the middle Panthers defensive line. National Writer Charles Power of 247 Sports provided a scouting report on Taylor and what he needs to work on.

"“Has little bad weight with the frame and length to tack on more weight in his upper body and midsection. Should see his body transform once he’s in a full-time strength and conditioning program at the next level. Is a fluid and natural athlete playing along the defensive line. Uses his length to disengage from opposing offensive linemen and wins with a strong first step and quick swim move.  Incredibly disruptive as an interior pass rusher. Gets his hands on a lot of footballs whether it’s by using his long arms to disrupt passing lanes or blocking kicks. Plays with good pad level and body lean. Finds multiple ways to disrupt the offensive game plan. Will need to continue improving his strength at the point of attack and the ability to hold his ground when double teamed. Looks like one of the top overall prospects nationally in the 2021 cycle and among the better defensive linemen to come out of South Florida in years. Projects as a multi-year starter at the Power Five level with all-league and All-American potential and the upside of developing into a first round draft pick."

A commitment from Taylor would be a huge boost to the 2021 recruiting class for Miami. The Hurricanes are making a late push for the elite interior defensive lineman less than three weeks before he announces his commitment. Taylor would be the cornerstone of the 2021 Miami recruiting class.