On Friday, another one of the Tar Heels’ top remaining targets in the 2021 class will announce his commitment. After reportedly being close to a commitment to Carolina back in April, it appears his decision will go in a different direction.
Talented 4✮ OT Logan Taylor will choose between his three finalists, Carolina, Virginia and Florida, a group that he revealed to Brian Dohn of 247Sports on Monday. The announcement is expected to come on Friday morning shortly after 11:00 PM ET.
The expectation heading into Friday’s decision is that he will choose to stay close to his current high school in Alexandria, VA and commit to Bronco Mendenhall and the Virginia Cavaliers. As of Thursday night, 100% of the crystal ball picks for Taylor on both 247Sports and Rivals are in favor of the Cavaliers. While the Tar Heels seemed to be the long time favorite to land his commitment, the inability for Taylor to get to campus was just too much for the Tar Heels to overcome. As Heel Tough Blog recruiting analyst Zack Hubbard said on the Heel Tough Blog Podcast while previewing Taylor’s commitment, this feels like a comfort move for him as a guy who plays at Episcopal High School but lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and has only visited Virginia thus far.
Heading into his decision, it seems far-fetched to think that his commitment won’t end being the Cavaliers, but this recruitment might not be over just yet. As he told Dohn in the article on Monday, the reason that this decision is being made now is in large part due to the current landscape of college sports recruiting due to COVID-19. The original plan this spring was for Taylor and his family to visit some of his top schools, but that all changed in March. If recruiting was to open back up sometime before he signs with Virginia and he is able to take some official visits to schools, there is a decent chance that he could flip at some point. The good news for the Tar Heels is that they seem to be one of, if not the first in line to receive a visit. Combine that with his strong relationship with the staff and there is still reason to believe the Tar Heels still have a fighting chance here before the early signing deadline.