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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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Leonard Taylor III - Football - University of Miami Athletics

2022 ALL-ACC, HONORABLE MENTION

2022 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 12 games and made nine starts as one of defense’s top performers…Earned All-ACC Honorable Mention recognition…Finished year with 24 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and three sacks…Had one interception and led Hurricanes with six quarterback hurries credited…Tied for team lead in tackles for loss…Started season in 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 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 half-sack for  loss of two yards in win at Virginia Tech (Oct. 15)…Posted solo tackle and three QB hurries against Duke (Oct. 22)…Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Oct. 31) for dominant performance in win at Virginia (Oct. 29), posting six tackles, including three solo, 1.5 sacks for  loss of nine yards and season-best four tackles totaling 20 yards…Had one tackle – half-tackle for loss – in win at Georgia Tech (Nov. 12)…Added five tackles, including three solo, and two tackles for loss, as well as two QB hurries at Clemson (Nov. 19)…Posted two tackles and interception 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: 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. 

2022 ALL-ACC, HONORABLE MENTION

2023 (Junior): Started all 10 games in which he competed as key member of defensive line…Totaled 19 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one sack…Started season opener against Miami (Ohio) (Sept. 1)…Totaled one tackle in win over Texas A&M (Sept. 9)…Credited with one stop and started against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 14)…Had 6-yard sack against Temple (Sept. 23)…Had season-high five tackles and credited with two tackles for loss against Clemson (Oct. 21)…Posted two solo stops in OT win over Virginia (Oct. 28)…Had two tackles at NC State (Nov. 4)…Totaled four tackles and had half tackle for loss at Florida State (Nov. 11).

2022 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 12 games and made nine starts as one of defense’s top performers…Earned All-ACC Honorable Mention recognition…Finished year with 24 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and three sacks…Had one interception and led Hurricanes with six quarterback hurries credited…Tied for team lead in tackles for loss…Started season in 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 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 half-sack for  loss of two yards in win at Virginia Tech (Oct. 15)…Posted solo tackle and three QB hurries against Duke (Oct. 22)…Named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week (Oct. 31) for dominant performance in win at Virginia (Oct. 29), posting six tackles, including three solo, 1.5 sacks for  loss of nine yards and season-best four tackles totaling 20 yards…Had one tackle – half-tackle for loss – in win at Georgia Tech (Nov. 12)…Added five tackles, including three solo, and two tackles for loss, as well as two QB hurries at Clemson (Nov. 19)…Posted two tackles and interception 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: 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.