The Taylor Effect

Tyrod Taylor

Virginia Tech got the news it was hoping for on Friday evening when Hampton (Va.) High School quarterback Tyrod Taylor committed to Virginia Tech. Taylor, a 5-star quarterback and the 7th rated quarterback in the nation according to Scout.com committed to Tech at a news conference in Hampton.

Tyrod Taylor's commitment gives the Hokies a much needed commitment at the quarterback position and also puts an end to Tech's long recruitment of the state's top prospect in the class of 2007. The Hokies had been eyeing the Hampton gunslinger since his freshman year at Hampton High School.

Although Taylor long favored the Hokies, a host of other schools across the country offered him before he committed to Virginia Tech. Taylor's two finalists were Virginia Tech and Florida, but the Hokies' loyalty and proximity were major factors in his decision.

With his decision done, expect Taylor to continue to help recruit many of the top prospects to Virginia Tech. Taylor, one of the most liked and respected top prospects in the country, has already helped seal the commitment of four-star offensive lineman Will Alvarez and is expected to help court several other top prospects including five-star wide receiver Mark Barnes out of South Carolina, five star athlete Caleb King out of Georgia, and four-star receiver Jay Smith from Lake Taylor High in Virginia.

Offensive linemen Jaymes Brooks and Maurice Hampton are also being courted by the 6'2 quarterback commitment for Tech. Don't expect the "Taylor effect" to only help this year's class, however.

This past week, VTInsider learned that Taylor and perhaps the state's top 2008 prospect, Salem High School's Kevin Whaley, are also good friends and that could have a major effect on his decision. Whaley and Taylor grew up playing basketball together and became good friends in the process.

While Taylor's commitment to the Hokies certainly will help to sure up the quarterback spot for the future, it also assists the Hokies in their future recruiting efforts and quest for a national title.

Stay tuned to VTI for more from Taylor's commitment to Virginia Tech.

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