CLEMSON — Will Taylor was an elite athlete for Dutch Fork High in Irmo where he was a three-sport star for the Silver Foxes.
Clemson will give Taylor a chance to play quarterback this fall, and he could eventually move to receiver later in his career.
Who is Will Taylor?
Taylor was ranked as a three-star recruit in the final 247 Sports Composite rankings, coming in as a top-20 player in the state of South Carolina. The dual-threat quarterback passed for 2,237 yards and rushed for 448 yards while scoring 32 total touchdowns as a senior.
The prospect was a star on the gridiron, but also made a major impact in other sports. Taylor was a three-time state champion wrestler and a star baseball player who hit over .400 as a sophomore. The athlete will play both football and baseball at Clemson.
What does Will Taylor add to Clemson?
There is still a lot to learn for Taylor at the quarterback position, but the playmaking ability is something that cannot be denied. The athletic quarterback made plays with both his arm and legs at the high school level. The Clemson staff is high on the traits the versatile athlete is bringing to campus.
“We’re so fired up about this kid,” said quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter. “He brings so much to the table. He’s an unbelievable athlete he can play football and baseball here. A centerfielder that can really run. Just dynamic with the ball in his hands.”
How did we get here?
Taylor was a highly sought-after baseball prospect and the outfielder pledged to the Tigers baseball program back in July of 2019. However, once Dabo Swinney and his staff saw the football tape, the program realized that the unique prospect needed to be a part of the 2021 football recruiting class.
Clemson turned up the heat and received a commitment from Taylor on Sept. 30, 2020. The two-sport star had no other offers to play football anywhere else.
Sometimes it’s worth rolling the dice on under-recruited prospects. The Tigers are not sure what position best suits Taylor at the next level, but still want the player in their program. This is a prospect that can run and has a high IQ from playing the quarterback spot. The baseball skills translate with arm strength and strong hand-eye coordination. The wrestling background should provide physicality and toughness. There is a lot to like and Taylor should fit in somewhere.
“Just a threat,” said Streeter.