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Pitt linebacker Emmanuel Taylor

Emmanuel Taylor didn’t expect to commit to Pitt when he arrived for his official visit last month, but he couldn’t help it upon arriving. He found a family in Pittsburgh.

Taylor — a 6-foot-2, 195-pound linebacker from Green Run High School in Virginia Beach, Va. — took his official visit to Pittsburgh over the weekend of June 20 and committed during the visit. Not during his exit interview — while he was in the midst of the visit. And he felt the love of one man in particular.

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“Me and coach (Ryan) Manalac had a one-on-one conversation, and we were just chatting it up and I felt like what he was saying was really genuine,” Taylor told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I just felt like I needed to stamp it today.”

Taylor is coming in as a linebacker, a long, lean athlete who fits the mold of what the Panthers like out of their linebackers, and he’s built a strong bond with Manalac. That relationship grew quickly and showed Taylor that Manalac was the right coach to mold him as a player and a person.

But it wasn’t just Manalac who made Taylor feel at home. No, it was Pittsburgh as a whole that made him feel so confident in his commitment.

“Just the hospitality I got when I first got here, not only from the coaches but the players as well, they showed a lot of love when I first got there,” Taylor said. “And after, when it was just me and the players, no coaches, they stated the same and have been genuine from the start.”

He discovered that Pitt is a family. Manalac kept it real with Taylor, and he wasn’t the only one.

Davin Brewton, who just arrived this summer as an early enrollee, was Taylor’s host. It may be uncommon for a late-enrollee freshman to serve as a host, but it speaks to the caliber of character that Pitt recruits. Brewton, along with just about all the Pitt players, hosted Taylor. Tons of meals and time together over the weekend. And he felt the love.

“It’s all about love,” Taylor said. “The genuineness from the players and the coaches, you just feel like you belong here. Plus, it’s very beneficial for you because it’s right next to the Steelers facility as well.”

Taylor is arriving as a hybrid linebacker who has the speed and agility to fly from sideline to sideline. He’s big and physical, just what the Panthers want out of their linebackers.

He was an explosive playmaker for Green Run in 2023, on both sides of the ball, but he flashed on the defensive side. He racked up 120 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, four sacks and six touchdowns, and his athleticism flashes just about every time he steps on the football field.

“I believe that I have the … I didn’t want to say aggression, I tried to find another word for it, but I have that real dog in me,” Taylor said. “I know how to hit.”

247Sports rates Taylor as the 100th-ranked athlete and 24th-ranked recruit from Virginia, and while neither Rivals nor On3 have ranked him, it’s only a matter of time.

Taylor is one of the newest Pitt commitments, one of a handful of linebacker commitments, and he feels blessed to be in the position.

“It means everything to me,” Taylor said. “It means my work has paid off, tremendously, it’s surreal. If you don’t know who I am, you will soon.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
13 days ago

Thank goodness, held off Charlotte and Liberty. ooof

MrThisThat
MrThisThat
13 days ago

Oh look, the Second Mile’s lil’ mascot, On Campus, is posting!!!

Just keep in mind he’s mentally damaged but who wouldn’t be after what he’s been through with the scandal and all…

Marty
Marty
12 days ago

Hard to keep recruiting underrated and undersized players. Yeah maybe he’s 6ft 2 most players juice up heights and weight to add to the appeal so realistically he’s probably 6ft maybe 6ft 1 and well under 195. He might be ok in years 4 and 5 but realistically bringing in nearly all developmental players in isn’t going to end like it might have in 2004 these kids aren’t staying 4/5 years so to develop lower ranked players all we’re really doing is developing them for a better school if they play earlier and have success they’ll be in the portal… Read more »

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