Francis Marion University women's basketball head coach Jeri Porter has announced the signing of 6-0 forward Lauryn Taylor of Blythewood. S.C., to a national letter of intent during the recent signing period. She will enroll at FMU in the fall of 2020 and play for the Patriots in 2020-21.
Taylor is a senior at Spring Valley High School, where she plays under the direction of coach Megan Assey. As a junior, she averaged 10.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, and 1.7 steals per game, while earning All-State honors from the High School Sports Report. The Vikings advanced to the 2019 AAAAA state title game. She garnered All-Region honors as both a junior and a sophomore.
Taylor was a member of the 2017-18 Vikings team that won the 6A state championship with a 28-2 record, averaging 13.4 ppg and leading the state in rebounding at 12.1 rpg.
Porter described Taylor as "a versatile post player who can not only play with her back to the hoop, but also can shoot the three. She comes from a successful program at Spring Valley and knows how to win. She has great leadership qualities and we expect her to become integral to our offense."
Taylor's father, the late Rodney Taylor, played collegiately at Villanova University after starring at A.C. Flora High School in Columbia.
This year's Patriot squad currently owns a 4-0 record with a roster that includes only two seniors. FMU will play at the University of Mount Olive on Saturday at 2 p.m.