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Leonard Taylor III

position

Defensive Line

Height

6-3

Weight

305 lbs.

Class

Sophomore

Hometown

Miami, Fla.

High School

Miami Palmetto

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2022 (Sophomore): Started the season off in the opener against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 3), finishing with two tackles…Had two solo tackles, one sack and two TFLs in win over Southern Miss (Sept. 10)…Added one solo tackle for a loss of one yard and one quarterback hurry at Texas A&M (Sept. 17)…Notched one tackle against MTSU (Sept. 24)…Had one solo tackle against North Carolina (Oct. 8)…Posted two tackles and a half-sack for a loss of two yards in win at Virginia Tech (Oct. 15)…Posted a solo tackle and three QB hurries against Duke (Oct. 22)…Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Oct. 31) for his successful performance in win at Virginia (Oct. 29), posting six tackles, including three solo, 1.5 sacks for a loss of nine yards and a season-best four tackles for a loss of 20 yards…Had one tackle, a half-tackle for loss, in win at Georgia Tech (Nov. 12)…Added five tackles, including three solo and 2.0 tackles for a loss of two yards, as well as two QB hurries at Clemson (Nov. 19)…Posted two tackles and an interception for four yards against Pittsburgh (Nov. 26).

2021 (True Freshman): Saw action in final nine games in first season and ranked among most disruptive defensive linemen…Finished with 21 total tackles and tied for team lead with 7.5 tackles for loss…Had two sacks and one PBU…Made career debut in win over Central Connecticut State (Sept. 25) aand finished with three total tackles, including first tackle for loss of career…Posted two tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and one half-sack, against Virginia (Sept. 30)…Added four tackles (one solo) and two tackles for loss at North Carolina (Oct. 16)…Saw action in wins over NC State (Oct. 23) and Pittsburgh (Oct. 30)…Tallied four tackles, including career-high 2.5 tackles for loss and one half-sack, in win over Georgia Tech (Nov. 6)…Posted career-high six tackles (one solo) and had one tackle for loss at Florida State (Nov. 13)…Played in win over Virginia Tech (Nov. 20)…Finished regular season finale at Duke (Nov. 27) with two tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack.

High School: A five-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN…Rated four-star prospect by Rivals…Ranked the No. 3 overall player by 247Sports…Rated the top defensive tackle nationally and No. 1 player in Florida by 247Sports…Listed as the No. 6 overall player in the ESPN300…Ranked the No. 2 defensive tackle in the country and No. 2 player in Florida by ESPN…Rated the No. 39 overall player by Rivals…Listed as the No. 3 defensive tackle nationally and No. 9 player in Florida by Rivals…Helped carry Palmetto reach the Class 8A semifinals in final season, posting 51 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles, six passes defended, an interception and one blocked kick in just seven games…Selected to the Under Armour All-America Game and U.S. Army All-American Bowl…High school teammate of fellow #2rings1chain signee Brashard Smith…Chose Miami over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pitt, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USF and Wake Forest, among others.