Billy Taylor commits to Rutgers

Rutgers gets smart and picks up Par Hills master long snapper Billy "The Animal" Taylor as part of this years' recruiting class


PARSIPPANY — Parsippany Hills High School Class of 2017 recruit Billy Taylor took a trip down south to Piscataway in late January for the annual junior day event.

Taylor is listed as a 6-foot-1, 225-pound long snapper and was hearing a lot from the Scarlet Knights football staff, before recently making a commitment to attend Rutgers University. Taylor is ranked No. 1 longsnapper in New Jersey and in the Atlantic Region (Rubio).

“It was a good visit, I was impressed by a lot of things,” said Taylor. “We toured the weight room while a few athletes were working out, then we went to the locker room. We were on the field for a little, and then we had lunch. We also heard a few presentations on academics and its importance to the staff. At the end, we split up into position groups.”

“I started speaking with Rutgers in the spring of last year,” Taylor said. “Recently, I’ve had coaches Jay Niemann, and coach Toby Nienas come talk to me at school. I also took two unofficial visits to Rutgers during the season to see them play Iowa and Penn State. I know right now they are looking for a preferred walk-on snapper.”

Billy Taylor was a Captain of the Par-Hills Vikings Football team and earned MVP. He was selected by Par Hills as the Football Scholar Athlete and will be receiving the award from The Greater Morris County Chapter of The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame on March 16. Taylor is a five star longsnapper and is ranked 9th out of 392 in the nation by Rubio Longsnapping.

Taylor’s accomplisments:

No. 1 ranked longsnapper in New Jersey and in the Atlantic Region (Rubio).

No. 1 ranked longsnapper by STS (Special Team Solutions)

Received 2016 Longsnapper of the Year from STS

1st Team Specialist Morris Sussex Sports

3rd Team Group 3 All State

1st Team All County (OL)

1st Team All Conference (OL)

1st Team Patriot White Division (OL) 2016

1st Team Academic All Conference



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