Devin Taylor back in Beaufort helping youth football

The Beaufort High football program wrapped up its 15th annual youth football camp Friday. The elementary and middle schoolers who attended were in for a big surprise — literally — in the form of 6-foot-7, 276-pound NFL defensive end Devin Taylor.

“He was the official. Nobody’s going to argue with Devin Taylor,” joked Eagles coach Mark Clifford.

Taylor was a monster on the field for Beaufort High, especially during his senior year in 2007 when he led the Eagles to the SCHSL Class AAAA state title game.

In 2013, Taylor was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fourth round out of University of South Carolina. As a Gamecock, he earned All-SEC second team honors in 2010.

After three seasons in Detroit, the rangy pass rusher signed with the New York Giants in May.

“I’m excited to try out a new team and see what’s in store for me. I’m basically starting from scratch, so it’s just a matter of starting from the ground and going up from there,” Taylor said.

“I probably won’t know my role with the team until the season. Right now, I think they’re using people to fill out their roster and see what they’re good at, stuff like that. I think as we get closer to the season, they’ll start establishing who they’ll be using where and in what situations.”

Taylor said he enjoyed his short time at home working with local youth. He leaves for Giants camp in late July.

“It’s been a cool week hanging out with kids trying to get them experienced with just a little bit of life and little bit of football at the same time. Get them interested in the game and see where it goes from there,” he said.

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“I didn’t get the chance to do stuff like this growing up, so getting the chance to come out and support other people that have the ability to do it is always good.”

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