Hoke Makes Taylor a Priority

Michigan headman Brady Hoke and recruiting coordinator Chris Singletary made their way to Highland Park yesterday to meet with standout corner Raymon Taylor. The surprise visit made a strong impression on the talented youngster, but was it strong enough to make Michigan the team to beat?

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"The first question from me and my dad was how bad he wanted me," said Taylor recalling his interaction with Brady Hoke.  "He told me and my dad that he wouldn't be standing there and that it would be a waste of time coming up to the school if he didn't want me bad.  They want me to commit this Sunday.  I feel like he really wanted me.  Like he told me, he isn't going to waste his time coming to the school.  I was really surprised that he came up soon. "

Hoke's strong words went a long way towards appeasing Taylor's concern about how he'd fit into the new Michigan regime's plans.  That, though, was only part of the Highland Park star's objective.  He also wanted to get a feel for how comfortable he'd be with Michigan's new headman.  Hoke passed that test as well.

"He a cool guy," said Taylor.  "He seemed like a fun coach.  You can talk to him if you ever have some problems.  He's about his business.  He just wants to win.  Like he told me, he is going to change this around.  I can't wait to get up there this Friday.  He is a great guy."

"My dad liked him too," he continued.  "He (has) always liked Michigan.  He is down for whatever school I go to.  He did not really force me to choose a school, but he said he likes Michigan."

When Taylor received word that Michigan had hired former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison for the same job in Ann Arbor, the Maize & Blue was bolstered in his eyes even more.

"That's great," stated Taylor regarding the hire.  "(Hoke) is real serious (about turning Michigan around)..  He told me that he is trying to win a Big Ten championship.  He is trying to win right away, not one or two years.  He is trying to win now.  (The Baltimore Ravens) have a great defense, so (Mattison) knows a lot of things.  He know what it takes to get to the pros, because he is a step ahead."

Michigan could put the finishing touches on this recruitment with a strong showing this weekend.  However, to do so they'll have to establish one more level of comfort.

"I already know he has got the offense coaching staff, now I'm just waiting on the (rest of the) defense," he said.  "I want to meet the defensive back coach and see how me and him get along.  Sit down with the coaches and talk defense and see what scheme they are going to run. If I like it, I'm going to Michigan.  Whatever school I commit I'll let the coach know"

Should that happen, only the Michigan coaching staff and Taylor's inner circle will know about it.  Everyone else will have to wait a little while longer before the verdict is revealed.

"Everybody told me I should take all my official visits," Taylor explained.  "Whatever team I commit to, I want to keep down low until signing day.  "Me and my partner Jermal Hosley are going to have (a press conference) at my school."

In the meantime, Taylor is determined to stick to his plan of taking all of his visits.  His trip to Michigan this weekend follows a strong official to Indiana last weekend.  After his trip to Ann Arbor he could still make his way to Pittsburgh and or Illinois the week before signing day.

"I want to take that official visit," Taylor reiterated. "(The finalists are) Illinois, Pitt, Michigan, Indiana and Iowa.  But I've got a top three Iowa, Indiana and Michigan.  Not in any order though."

GoBlueWolverine will have more on Taylor in the coming days and weeks.

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