- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
Wide receiver Dionte Taylor (Davie, Fla./University School) wasn’t sure how he felt about UCF before taking his official visit on Oct. 13.
The 6-foot, 175-pound senior was looking at the Knights as an in-state option, but clearly they were lagging behind some out-of-state programs.
But after his official visit, Taylor says the Knights have caught up to the pack and positioned themselves as a possible landing spot.
“The visit was real fun, I got a lot of insight on the school,” Taylor said. “After the visit I became a lot more interested in UCF and what they had to offer.”
The first time Taylor met UCF wide receivers coach Sean Beckton, he decided to take an unofficial to UCF over the summer, but the senior admits that it was a slow time of year on the campus.
Returning to Orlando for UCF’s double-overtime victory over Southern Miss gave Taylor a different perspective.
“There were people everywhere and the campus is really electric,” Taylor said. “Fans and students were tailgating all throughout campus. Some of them even knew who I was, so I appreciated that. I like the fan base.”
Taylor, who has been considering Boston College, Nebraska, Wake Forest and several others said that he has no problems staying in Florida to play college football.
“The fact that UCF is pretty close to home is a good thing to be honest,” Taylor said. “I think my parents and other family members might appreciate that.
“I was also pleased with the school academically. They showed me how much the program stresses academic success and the school even helps student-athletes towards post-graduate education.”
Taylor’s next trip could be to Nebraska this weekend, but as of Wednesday he wasn’t sure if he would take the trip.
“I'm not sure where to next, I'm going to let it come to me,” Taylor explained. “I know Syracuse called me. Nebraska wants me up there this weekend, and Wake wants me on November 3, but I'm just sitting back and chilling right now.”