Greg Taylor picked BCU over MEAC Brethren

DSC_0333RIVERDALE — Greg Taylor walked into the Riverdale High School media center on Wednesday morning with every intention of signing a letter-of-intent with Paine College in Augusta.

Then a call came to the coaches from Bethune-Cookman and North Carolina Central. All of a sudden, Taylor was thrust back into the recruiting process on a short notice.

With no visit to either school, the former Riverdale quarterback immediately took to the Internet to find as much information about the two NCAA Div. I Football Championship Subdivision schools that play in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

After doing some brief research, the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder decided to sign with Bethune-Cookman, the MEAC champions.

“I was definitely surprised when I found out this morning about those two offers,” Taylor said. “I just give the credit to the man above. Miracles do happen. It has truly been a blessing.”

Riverdale coaches frantically worked the phones and the Internet the last few weeks trying to land Taylor a bigger offer than Division II Paine.

It seemed to have paid off.

“I’m so excited about this for Greg, because he has worked so hard,” said Drew assistant principal William Silvera, a former counselor at Riverdale.

Taylor was having a breakout season before an ACL injury sidelined him for five games. He returned in the ninth game of the season with a heavily wrapped knee. Taylor passed for 1,093 yards and 11 touchdowns with only two interceptions. He had surgery on his knee in early December, and said the rehab is ahead of schedule.

“He essentially signed where he was supposed to be,” Silvera said. “Greg was the heart and soul of that Riverdale team.”

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