Multi-sport star Will Taylor (5-11 170) of Dutch Fork, who had been committed to Clemson for baseball for over a year, Wednesday announced he was putting his name on the Clemson football commitment list for 2021. Taylor, who plays quarterback at Dutch Fork, plans to be a receiver for the Tigers. He also plans to pursue his baseball career at Clemson as well. .
“It was really just me and my family. I’m just very thankful for the opportunity to play both sports,” Taylor said. “I felt like it was time to go ahead and get it out there. That’s where I want to go, so that’s what I decided.”
Already having made the decision to attend Clemson, Taylor did not need much of a selling job from receivers coach Tyler Grisham or head coach Dabo Swinney. He had been to Clemson football camps, so he knew the basics of the program and the university.
“The family, the culture, the coaching staffs – football and baseball – are great. It’s just different than any place I’ve ever visited or been to,” he said. “Me and Coach Grisham have a pretty good relationship. Before he got the receiving coach job and before Coach Scott got the job at South Florida, on my first visit to Clemson he was the guy that showed me and family around and then ever since got the receivers job, we’ve been talking. We’ve talked a lot over the past couple days about what’s going to happen.”
Taylor played for Ben Lippen School before transferring to Dutch Fork and last season he passed for 1,647 yards and rushed for 1,549 yards and 19 touchdowns. In his debut for Dutch Fork last Friday, Taylor had over 300 yards of offense and accounted for 6 touchdowns.
Taylor will play in the outfield for Monte Lee’s baseball Tigers. After Friday’s football game, he will head to Frisco, TX to play in the Baseball Factor All Star Game on Sunday. He could be an early pick in the 2021 MLB Draft but right now his plan is to enroll at Clemson in June and go from there.
Taylor gives Clemson 16 commitments for the 2021 class. #17 might come Thursday night when SAF Andrew Mukuba announces his commitment live on Instagram at 8:00 PM. He made his decision from Clemson, LSU, Texas and Missouri, and Clemson is considered the favorite.