Katy high school (TX) coach Gary Joseph has been with the Tigers for 31 years, the last nine as a head coach.
The 2013 National High School Coach of the Year has three Texas Class 5A state titles to his name and runner-up appearances in 2005 and 2009. He knows what a great high school football player looks like. And after watching running back Adam Taylor this year, a Nebraska commitment, Joseph thinks Husker fans should be excited.
"He's a downhill very physical runner. He's the type of guy who's running the same on his 30th carry compared to his first carry," said Joseph. "He's got a punishing style that really wears on people. He's a throwback to the old Nebraska I-back days. That is what fans should expect from him.
"He will be a great short yardage guy, but has the ability to beak the long ones as well. He had several for us this year. I think they are getting a quality character kid he's going to do the right things on and off the field. He's going to will his teammates to win."
As a sophomore in 2010, Taylor ran for over 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns, putting himself on the map for most college programs around the country.
But 2011 wasn't as kind. In his first game of the season, Taylor injured his knee – causing him to miss the rest of the year.
It was during that offseason the 2013 prospect's drive to be a college football player was evident.
He worked himself back from injury and according to most people around him, was stronger than ever.
His numbers showed it.
In 2012, he more than doubled his workload from 2010, with 333 carries, racking up 2,750 yards and finding the end zone 40+ times. The college programs' interest came back.
"Going to place like Nebraska is a great compliment to him and the work ethic he has put in," said Joseph. "He accomplished a lot this season. I'm extremely proud of him - like I am all our kids who are signing and not signing. I'm thankful he's getting the opportunity, because as far as a leader the character he shows, he's been a great member of this program.
"To watch the diligence it took to come back and worth ethic it took to come back, it was great to see."
A recruit who kept his recruiting process very quiet, Taylor according to his caoch loved the tradition he was exposed to at Nebraska.
"It's very similar to what we have around here. He went up there to visit and could sense an atmosphere very close what he's been used to," said Joseph. "People are passionate about the game and he really enjoyed the relationships he established with the coaches."
Taylor will sign his National Letter of Intent to Nebraska on Wednesday morning during a signing ceremony at Katy. Check back with Big Red Report later in the day for pictures from the event.