Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Jorge Zagales, the coach of Rutgers commit Terrance Taylor, says the Scarlet Knights are getting an “intangibles” guy in the 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety.
Taylor, out of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll in Miami, chose Rutgers over Colorado State, Ohio University, Kent State, Central Michigan, Marshall, Central Florida, Florida International and Auburn, Zagales said.
“He’s a free safety for us,” the coach added. “He’s not a kid that you can measure or judge on his athletic times. He’s not gonna run a blazing 4-5 40. He’s pretty average when it comes to his numbers in the weight room. He’s an intangible guy. He’s been the captain of the defense since his sophomore year.
“He’s a great teammate. He’ll do whatever he can for his teammates. He gets along great with his teammates. He’s a very coachable kid. He comes from a great family. His intangibles are his strength.”
Zagales said Taylor had 80 tackles and 5 or 6 forced fumbles last season, when he helped the Bulldogs advance to the Class 2A state semifinals.
Taylor has yet to visit Rutgers and cannot sign until Signing Day in February.
“He was impressed with (cornerbacks) Coach (Chris) Hewitt who recruited him and he was impressed with Coach (Greg) Schiano,” Zagales said.
Zagales said Taylor met the Rutgers coaches last season when they recruited 5-11 athlete George Baker, who ended up at South Florida.
“Coach Schiano is a great guy, very straightforward,” Zagales said. “They see him as a corner or safety.”
Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.