ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Three-star running back Kurt Taylor has led his Newton team to a 6-1 record after seven games and is currently enjoying a visit to Michigan during a bye in his schedule.
“I’m at Michigan right now,” Taylor told Today’s U. “Big game. It’s a huge game. They game will be packed and it will be fun. I’m just ready to watch it. Michigan is going to win. They are going to come out and win. I already know it. I have a feeling. I believe they are going to win.”
Listed at 5’9” and 200-pounds, Taylor is ranked as the No. 24 running back in the country by 247Sports.com. Taylor, who sports an offer sheet 15 schools deep, spoke about the state of his recruitment as of late.
“It has been going good,” Taylor said. “Traveling all around, everywhere, just going to a lot of camps, a lot of unofficial visits and just seeing how I feel there. But when I arrived at Michigan, I knew it was the program I wanted to be at.”
Taylor committed to Michigan as the first running back in the 2017 recruiting class earlier today, just one day before the Wolverines host Michigan State in what will be a heated battle for the Paul Bunyan Trophy.
“The tradition and the history of Michigan,” Taylor explained. “How coach Harbaugh has coached here in his first year by changing it and bringing all that back. I want to be a part of it. I think I fit Michigan.”
On his second visit to Ann Arbor this season, Taylor recalled his first trip to campus and described the fan interaction at Michigan Stadium.
“When I first came to visit, the excitement and the chills I had watching the game… I was just excited,” Taylor said. “The fans were the best. After the game I just felt like I was home with the love the team gave me. I felt like I was in the team already.”
In the past, Taylor has shared that Jim Harbaugh has likened him to another successful Harbaugh running back disciple—Frank Gore. At this point, Taylor has a strong, compact frame that is capable of running the ball between the tackles. He is quick, maintains a good balance with his low pad level and finishes his runs with forward momentum. Taylor discussed his skill set and described what type of running back Michigan fans should be expecting when he arrives on campus in a year and a half.
“Coach Harbaugh is just saying that he expects to use me as Frank Gore,” Taylor said. “He said I could be the feature back. I’m a hard worker with dedication, a humble person that is coachable and a team player. Anything that a coach wants me to do, I will do.”
In his tenure at Michigan, Harbaugh has shown a dedication to establishing the rushing attack and the Wolverines have experienced considerable success running the ball so far. Taylor has taken notice.
“They are looking great. They look great now. They are pounding the ball. That’s one of the most important parts of the game and I really love it.”
Click here to watch Taylor’s midseason highlight tape.