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Beth Long’s football recruiting notebook

Mount Carmel junior Terrance Taylor is beginning to make a name for himself both on the field and on the recruiting trail.

“For the last couple games I’ve been working on technique,” said Taylor. “My favorite thing was getting my technique a little better. Just going out 100% for the team and everyone. Making my teammates happy and my coaches happy.”

The 6-4, 200-pound athlete can play defensive line, linebacker or offense. Where he will play in college is to be determined.

“More likely I’ll be playing outside linebacker,” said Taylor. “I have a lot of schools talking to me but nothing in stone yet.”

Marist players stepping up

Marist was highly-touted this season due to their returning seniors. The RedHawks have a talented group led by defensive back Rob Topps (Kansas) and linebacker Micah Awidoran (Yale).

One of the most sought after junior prospects in the area is Marist defensive tackle Elijah Teague, a 6-2, 292-pound athlete who has eight offers and plenty of interest.

“It felt good, it felt like we actually played as a team and showed what we can do when we come together,” said Teague after the shutout win over Marian Central. “Our coach always gets on us during the week because he knows what we are capable of.”

As for his recruitment, that’s been an exciting process too.

“I came in here and talked to a lot of coaches my freshman year and they all told me the same thing, that I was too young and that they would talk to me later,” said Teague. “Then last season when I got the first offer from Bowling Green, the next day I got another offer, then the next day. It made me feel like all my hard work was paying off.”

Fellow junior defensive lineman Gavin McCabe is also an athlete to watch.

“It’s pretty flattering and I’m humbled that it’s happening to me,” said McCabe. “I’m excited for recruiting to start up and see what happens. I haven’t decided on any visits but at the end of the year I will get my film out and see how it goes.”

Junior running back Delonte Harrell is also starting to receive recruiting interest.

“Recruiting is going great, talking to some coaches,” said Harrell. “Schools say the see me as a running back not really a defensive player. They say they see me in a offensive skill position. Not sure yet about visits.”

One more athlete to watch is 6-5, 218 pound receiver T.J. Ivy, who hauled in a touchdown against Marian Central and is a very raw, talented athlete. It’s still uncertain which position he will play in college.

“Maybe tight end, we will have to see what the college coaches say,” said Ivy. “I am not sure about visits so far, the only place I have visited Illinois. Illinois was great. We got out there to see the North Carolina game, it was a great atmosphere. I loved it.”