Syracuse University football coach Scott Shafer mentioned last week that the coaching staff still had a spot open in the recruiting class of 2015, and it looks like the Orange are trying to fill that spot with junior college linebacker Ted Taylor of Dodge City Community College in Kansas. Taylor has reportedly received an offer from the Syracuse staff.
Taylor is a 6-foot-2, 215 pound outside linebacker, and in nine games last season at Dodge City, he made 83 tackles, including 13 TFL with 3.0 sacks. He was a second team All-Jayhawk Conference selection for his efforts. Taylor does have a Syracuse connection already, as he is from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and played his high school ball at Dwyer alongside Julian Whigham.
Taylor runs a reported 4.5 in the 40, and with that kind of speed there’s already been some speculation that he could potentially wind up at safety if he chooses to commit to the Orange. Taylor is listed as a sophomore on the Dodge City roster, meaning he’ll have to years of remaining eligibility. Pursuing a player at this position makes sense, too, considering the staff was still hoping to land linebacker Doyle Grimes late in the cycle.
This wouldn’t be the first time in recent years that Syracuse has gone to the junior college ranks to find depth at linebacker, with Luke Ariniega and Josh Kirkland both having been community college additions. By the way, there’s a Syracuse connection to Dodge City going the other way – former Orange wideout Kyle Foster transferred to Dodge City after his freshman season before finding his way to Southern Mississippi last year.
Check out the highlights of Ted Taylor, who could be the final piece of the 2015 recruiting puzzle for the Orange: