Virginia Tech commit Justin Taylor, a defensive end, is playing at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. And Tigers defensive line coach Coleman Tyrance gives VTInsider.com readers a scouting report on Taylor's ability, how he's grown as a player and whether or not he is acchieving the academic success necessary to head to Tech in January.
Off the field is not the only place Virginia Tech commit Justin Taylor is gaining discipline as a post-graduate at Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.).
After freelancing from his defensive end position during his days at South Stanly High (Norwood, N.C.), the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Taylor is being asked to play assignment-oriented football with the Tigers.
“At this level and the next level, when a coach calls a defense, you have to do your part,” Hargrave defensive line coach Coleman Tyrance said. “They’re not going to ask you to do other things for their defense, so he’s doing a lot of things that he will be asked to do in college. That’s what he is realizing now.
“The natural instinct is ‘I can make this play on the back side, so let me do it,’ versus I need to stay on my side of the field and make sure the quarterback doesn’t get it thrown back to him.”
One of the things Taylor is doing with more regularity is keeping the hands of defenders off of him so he can get to the ball carrier.
Hargrave is 4-0 after beating Newberry College’s junior varsity team 33-14 last weekend. Taylor had a pair of tackles in the win.
“He’s doing a much better job using his hands,” Tyrance said. “He made comments to me about being coached differently in high school, and now he gets to play his part on defense and doesn’t have to make all the plays, like he did in high school.
“Now he can play the position and focus on what he has to do, and make the plays that come to him versus having to be the guy that makes a lot of plays for his team.”
And, the best part of the Hokies is Tyrance said Taylor remains on target to enroll at Virginia Tech in January.
“He’s growing into a young man as far as taking it seriously,” Tyrance said. “We talked last night, as a matter of fact, for him to remain focused on doing what he has to do. He takes film very seriously. He takes criticism very well, he asks questions.”
Rutgers commit Djwany Mera, a 6-foot-4 defensive end, is playing at Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) this fall before enrolling at a school in January. After a big senior season at South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.), Rutgers landed the athletic Mera, but plenty of time has passed. How is he doing at Hargarve, and is he still committed to Rutgers?
Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.) defensive line coach Coleman Tyrance saw much of the same things in Rutgers commit Djwany Mera as the Scarlet Knights’ staff did when they recruited him out of South Broward High (Hollywood, Fla.) last winter.
Mera, playing as a post-graduate, is extremely coachable, hard-working and athletic, but also needs to have the finer parts of his game refined.
The most important thing, though, for the Scarlet Knights is the 6-foot-4, 275-pound Mera remains committed as he works out his academic issue at Hargrave.
“He’s set with Rutgers,” Tyrance said.
As a senior at South Broward, Mera established a school record with 21 sacks. He also had 103 tackles, including a staggering 38 for loss.
“Really a hard worker, plays low, high energy,” Tyrance said. “He has a non-stop motor. He’s a great kid and is taking care of business here.”
Mera has a “handful of sacks,” according to Tyrance, but still is learning the more intricate parts of playing defensive end.
“I would say what he really does well is he gets to the quarterback really fast as far as recognizing the difference between the run and pass,” Tyrance said. “As far as the switch you have to recognize either one, he’s got a good one.
“He’s still a little green to some of the subtle things some of the other guys might have, but he’s using the tools he has and they’ve helped him out getting better. Every day he’s coming after practice for more.”
Mera missed meeting NCAA requirement standards for eligibility by one point on the ACT, and Tyrance said that should not be a concern as Mera targets January entry to Rutgers.
“He is very good at the football side,” Tyrance said, “and then doing what they ask him to do (on the school side) as well.”
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