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#16 Will Taylor

Will Taylor - Baseball - Clemson University Athletics
Irmo, S.C.
High School:
Dutch Fork HS

Career Stats

Wide receiver on the Clemson football team … first Tiger football player to play baseball at Clemson since D.J. Reader (2013), who currently plays for the Cincinnati Bengals … one of the highest-rated prospects on the team.

2022: ACC Academic Honor Roll member … hit .260 with 14 runs, a homer, four RBIs, a .320 slugging percentage, .397 on-base percentage, nine walks, three hit-by-pitches and a steal in 13 games (13 starts, including seven in left field, four in right field and two as the DH) … missed the first 45 games of the season due to his torn ACL from the previous football season … hit a single in his first career plate appearance and scored a run against No. 21 Georgia Tech on May 6 … went 2-for-4 with a run and hit-by-pitch against No. 21 Georgia Tech on May 7 … went 2-for-3 with his first career homer, three runs and two walks in the first game of a doubleheader at No. 9 Virginia on May 15 … No. 3 freshman in the nation in the preseason by Perfect Game … No. 1 freshman in the ACC in the preseason by Perfect Game … No. 4 freshman in the ACC in the preseason by D1Baseball … No. 3 overall and college prospect for the 2024 draft in the preseason by Perfect Game.

Football (2021): Had 20 yards on five carries, two receptions for six yards, six punt returns for 64 yards and a 14-yard kickoff return in five games … had three punt returns for 53 yards, including a 51-yard return, against South Carolina State on Sept. 11 … suffered a torn ACL against Boston College on Oct. 2 and missed the rest of the season.

Before Clemson: Drafted in the 19th round (No. 554 overall pick) by the Texas Rangers … North-South All-Star Game selection as a sophomore and senior … all-state selection as a sophomore and senior … Mr. Baseball as a senior … Under Armour All-American … Baseball Factory All-Star Game participant … region player-of-the-year as a senior … Shrine Bowl invitee in football … all-state selection in football as a senior … was 136-203 passing for 2,237 yards and 21 touchdowns against four interceptions in 10 games as a senior … had 448 yards and 11 touchdowns on 60 carries as a senior … played his first three high school years at Ben Lippen School … member of the state championship football team as a senior … three-time state champion in wrestling … three-time all-state selection in wrestling … member of the state championship track & field team … lettered five times in baseball, four times in football, five times in track & field and four times in wrestling at Dutch Fork High School, where he was coached by Casey Waites.

Personal: His father, Eddie, was a wrestler at The Citadel … his grandfather, Ed, played baseball and football at The Citadel … majoring in communication … born William Edward Taylor on Jan. 10, 2003 in Columbia, S.C.