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55 Days to Purdue Football: Brandon Taylor

It was good to have yesterday off since there is no #56 on the roster. The countdown continues today with a player that could emerge as a first-time starter in his redshirt freshman year. This is a promising kid that has a bright future at defensive tackle.

Brandon Taylor - Fr. (RS)

Hometown: Aventura, FL (Dr. Krop HS)

Defensive Tackle

6'1", 284 pounds

2010 projection: possible starter at defensive tackle

We took Taylor right out from under the U's nose, much to Mrs. T-Mill's chagrin.

I noticed Dr. Krop high school during my last visit to Miami. If you get off I-95 and drive towards Sun Life Stadium on Ives Dairy Road you will pass Dr. Krop High school. This is the home of Brandon Taylor, one of Danny Hope's first recruits and another Florida commitment from Miami's back yard.

Taylor is like many of our recruits in that he is a smart kid. He is a movement and sports science major that was a member of National Honor Society in high school. He is also the son of the legendary Lawrence Taylor. Yes, THAT Lawrence Taylor of New York Giants fame who was recently charged of rape. It is my hope that this does not affect Brandon's play this coming season, but it has to wear on him a little.

Whatever his dad may or may not have done, Brandon seems like a very good kid who knows that academics are important. He was named a defensive line MVP of an underclassman combine back in 2007. His senior season at Dr. Krop was a fantastic one as he notched 118 tackles, 14 sacks, five forced fumbles, and two recoveries. He was selected to play in the Nike South Florida All-Star Game with Gary Bush and Kevin Pamphile.

Brandon could be a player that has an edge on the other defensive tackle spot along side Kawann Short. The pedigree is certainly there since his dad is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. South Florida High school football stated that he has the ability and strength to start plays and finish them quickly. If these skills transition to the college game that will be very, very beneficial to our 2010 season.