Kansas City, Mo. – A.J. Taylor is a 2016 4-star athlete who has been committed to Wisconsin since August 1st, 2015.
Taylor is 6-foot, 190 pounds and he plays running back and wide receiver for Rockhurst High School. According to the industry generated 247Sports Composite, Taylor is the No. 6 ranked all-purpose running back in the 2016 class, though keep in mind, the Badgers can see him playing wideout at the college level.
He’s an extremely talented recruit who chose Wisconsin despite a few other major offers, including Vanderbilt, Kansas State, Louisville, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and others. In total, Taylor has 15 offers.
“Things have been well. I am just taking it one day at a time,” Taylor said when asked by Today’s U how things have been going since his commitment to the Badgers. “I’m still hearing a little bit at a time from certain colleges, but that’s about it. Everything has been fine.”
The 4-star Wisconsin commitment has been keeping up with his future school’s season so far, and even though the Badgers are 3-2 it seems like he’s happy with the direction of the program overall.
“I believe the Badgers are doing great,” Taylor said. “They have had to face some adversity with the loss of (Corey) Clement and some other key factors to the team, but they have worked with who they’ve had. Right now, it’s all about figuring out what to do with who they have.”
Taylor relayed that Wisconsin has been keeping in touch with him, and the staff has a specific role in mind for him in the future.
“Their message has mainly been ‘can’t wait to see you in this offense but enjoy your senior year’,” Taylor said. “Also, they’ve told me to watch Alex Erickson because that will be my future role if I can work up to it.
Erickson is a redshirt senior wideout for the Badgers, who so far through 2015 has caught 26 receptions for 350 yards and a touchdown. In 2014, Erickson put up 772 yards and three touchdowns.
For what it’s worth, Taylor has the talent to be that type of player for the Badgers. He hasn’t played much wide receiver for Rockhurst this year, but he did say that he’s available to play the spot when his team needs him. “I’m there to step up,” he said.
Taylor mentioned above that a few schools are still reaching out to him despite his commitment, and when asked about that he relayed that those schools are Illinois and Kansas.
And while the 4-star remains committed to the Badgers, he’s at the very least open to having a Plan B or C, just in case.
“I’m pretty much locked in, but if anything severe happens I want to keep my options out there,” Taylor told Today’s U.