Zach Taylor had been committed since May of this year so it was merely a formality for him to make it official Wednesday.
Taylor plays offensive line in high school, but is expected to end up exclusively as a long-snapper like his brother, current RU stalwart, Billy. Zach is rated the top long snapper in the country by some sources (#1 in the 247 composite) and is set to replace Billy, who has had a great career during which he has not botched a snap in a major way that is recorded anywhere. Rutgers has other options as backups that other teams would be ok with as starters, but with the margin of error so thin for the Scarlet Knights, ensuring special teams are a priority is critical.
High School Position: Center (6’0”, 220 lbs.)
Projected college position: Long Snapper
High School: Parsippany Hills
Hometown: Parsippany, N.J.
Most notable other offers: None scholarship (normal for his position)
The Rutgers Special teams units were expected to have one final hurrah in 2020 as the starting kicker, punter, and long snapper were seniors. With the added year of eligibility and now three-headed kicker battle, there are questions looking toward 2021 albeit optimistic considering Adam Korsak, Billy Taylor, and Justin Davidovicz could return to the gridiron even if Valentino Ambrosio goes back to the soccer field. For Rutgers to avoid falling back to the Big Ten cellar, ensuring stability in the kicking game is absolutely critical because it allows the team to win a few games in the third phase if they can keep the contests close. The Scarlet Knights need to prioritize special teams more than other programs at this point so even with the upcoming scholarship crunch, there could be a place for specialists at RU in this regard.
Floor: Robert Jones
Most likely: Alan Lucy
Potential: Billy Taylor
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