Will Taylor, One Day Closer

In a tantalizing video released on social media, Clemson Baseball enticed its fan base.

It showed freshman Will Taylor spending time in the batting cages. It wasn’t only a great moment for Monte Lee but one has to suspect Dabo Swinney was smiling, too.

Taylor is nearly six months removed from the ACL tear that ended his freshman football season. At this point in his rehabilitation process, his dedication and hard work both physically and mentally is paying dividends. Not only for Lee and the baseball program but also his return for football this fall .

Taylor began his running program in early February. According to reports, he was then to begin hitting, and he has. It seems Taylor is working hard to make his baseball debut, which should come at anytime now. Most of all Taylor knows he’s got a lot of opportunities ahead, he’s a competitor, period.

Honestly, Taylor, a two two-sport star is sorely needed. The Tigers just lost two Friday games at Pittsburgh to drop to 16-7 on the season.

Unlike in the Miami series, Clemson, due to Saturday’s cancellation, was unable to end the series on a high note with a win. However, they did bounce back with a drubbing of Winthrop on the road on Tuesday night.

After a 14-0 start, Clemson now sits at 17-7 and has dropped out of the Top-25. Will Taylor just might be the infusion into the lineup this team needs.

The offense has been an issue at times, particularly timely hitting with runners on base. For much of the season, the Tigers have lacked a true leadoff guy, with Dylan Brewer struggling in that spot, before being moved down in the order recently. Can Taylor be that guy?

Whenever he returns, it will be his first season of college baseball. I’m sure despite the understandable butterflies it’s just a matter of getting out there, with the rest will taking care of itself.

Taylor is undoubtedly an elite talent. The five tool player would have likely been a first round draft pick had he chosen to go the MLB route.

As a serious two-sport competitor, no one wants to get back to competitive sports more than Taylor and baseball fans look forward to his arrival in Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

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