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Wood's Taylor tabs Boston College

The junior tackle passed up Harvard, saying he wanted to play in Division I-A.

While it was tempting to choose Harvard, especially because of its academic reputation, Archbishop Wood's Frank Taylor said he couldn't pass up the chance to play Division I-A football.

The 6-foot-3, 285-pound junior, a top offensive tackle, committed to play for Boston College on Wednesday afternoon at a news conference in the school's auditorium.

"I could have gone to Harvard, but it's been a dream of mine to pursue college football at the highest level," said Taylor, 17. "Boston College is a school that offers both worlds. There's a strong mix of academics and athletics."

A few weeks ago, Taylor visited Boston College for the second time. "I loved everything about it," he said.

In addition to Harvard, Taylor, who had 20-plus scholarship offers, also considered Michigan State, Pittsburgh, and Rutgers.

The Warrington resident, an Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania selection last season, is projected to be a center for the Eagles. "It shouldn't be that difficult of a transition for me," he said.

Taylor, who doubles as a defensive tackle, said he planned to major in business law or communications.

Also Wednesday, Wood running back Brandon Peoples announced his decision to play at Temple. The 5-10, 180-pound junior rushed for 1,100 yards last season.