Taylor Continues South Brunswick Tradition

Taylor signs with Rutgers

South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) sent another of its stars to Rutgers Wednesday when three-star safety T.J. Taylor signed his National Letter of Intent to play for coach Kyle Flood. Taylor is the third South Brunswick recruit to sign with Rutgers since 2009.

South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) prospect T.J. Taylor spent the final weekend before National Signing Day at Rutgers for his official visit. On his visit, Taylor sat down with head coach Kyle Flood to go in-depth on his role at safety with the program.

Often playing three safeties in the Rutgers scheme – though subject to change with the departure of defensive coordinator Robb Smith – Taylor hopes to play early in coverage situations.

"Coach Flood is happy with me at safety and he likes me in their dime package playing against the slot [receiver]," Taylor said. "That's what it's looking like right now, so it's just about studying the playbook and everything."

Taylor was an early commitment for Rutgers in the class of 2013 and one Flood was excited to discuss Wednesday afternoon.

"Anytime you have a player who grows up and goes to school as close to our university as a player like T.J. Taylor or I could use a player like Anthony Davis or a player like Mohamed Sanu, I think it's a special thing," Flood said.

"It's not only a special thing for Rutgers football and Rutgers University; it's a special thing for T.J. Taylor and his family. It's a special thing for South Brunswick High School. I think it creates a situation that is really positive for the entire community here in New Jersey."

Taylor rejoins former teammate Jevon Tyree in the Rutgers secondary. Up to 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Taylor checks in as the No. 41 safety and a three-star recruit in the final rankings.

Taylor was the fifth prospect to commit to Flood in the recruiting class, and said his family played a key role.

"They've treated me and my parents like family since the beginning of this," Taylor said. "I feel 100 percent comfortable with the players and the coaches. I feel ready to be at Rutgers right now. I don't want to have to wait until the summer.

"I can't wait to get out there. I've been watching them since I was young. It will be great to have competition with other players on that defense. They've had some of the best defenses I've ever seen and I'm still wrapping my mind around it that I'm a part of that."

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