Biographical info: 6’2″ 225 – Westdale SS [Hamilton ON] & Hamilton Ironmen of the OVFL
Position: Defensive end – Also played receiver in high school but DE would seem to be is future position. A very athletic player who can run the field, also making him potentially a valuable contributor on special teams.
Accomplishments: Won the Hamilton Public and SOSSA championships with his Westdale Warriors squad in 2013, eventually losing narrowly in an OFSAA Bowl game. Best showing by a Ham Pub team in likely a decade … team captain for the Ironmen in 2014 Taggart recorded 22 tackles and 16 assists in 7 games. He also had two sacks, a fumble recovery & a blocked pass … won his weight class at regional HS powerlifting meet with a 425-pound squat …Taggart was putting up a dozen reps @ 225 last year … also played basketball at Westdale where he was named Senior Male Athlete of the Year, won the Bruce Hall Award as” hardest working athlete over a career” and was the Front 7 Player of the Year on Defense.
My Take: I watched two of Taggart’s OVFL games this summer. His Ironmen team was a bit undermanned. Taggart was called on to do a lot. Besides playing almost every snap at DE he played on almost every special teams unit. In one game he even did the punting. Taggart is a very athletic player who plays with speed. He looks to have the frame to be able to add 10 or 20 pounds without losing speed or athleticism. If he is 6’2″ 240 in a couple of years I think he can be a force in the OUA at DE.
Quotes from Taggart: “The last two years I attended Guelph’s high school camp I almost felt at home being on their campus,” explained Taggart. “The players there are great guys and are good to be around.”
“Guelph also has one of the best defensive lines in the country and I am very excited to be a part of that,” added Taggart.
Tidbit: One of Taggart’s coaches at Westdale was former Gryphon-great Mark Brown. Brown had his jersey honoured at the Gala Dinner back in May. It now hangs in the Performance Training Centre at Alumni Stadium.