From the time Michigan offered Raymon Taylor a scholarship last month, the Highland Park star's affinity for the Wolverines began overtaking the competition. Saturday, he officially named them the victors.
"Really I just sat down with the coaching staff and looked into their education, plus it is getting close to signing day it was between Indiana, Iowa and Michigan. Michigan had the edge. Cameron (Gordon), Denard (Robinson) and Devin (Gardener). They showed me a good time and talked to me. I had a great time. I wanted to stay close to home and it was a good fit for me… my dream school"
Michigan was Taylor's family's dream choice as well. They're elation was obvious, as was that of Maize & Blue coaching staff.
"They were really happy, especially with it being close to home, "Taylor said. "My dad and my uncle up there with me. (Michigan recruiting coordinator) Chris (Singletary) was real happy (too). He thought I was going to tell them on Sunday because I told him that I would probably know on Sunday, but I did it on Saturday just to get it over with. I wanted to be done with my recruitment and great ready for the season so I can try to come in (as a freshman) and play."
That might seem like a lofty goal to Michigan fans that believe Taylor's three-star ranking is gospel, but he believes in his ability to make an impact and insists that he has the track record to back it up.
"(The Wolverines) are getting a playmaker -- a guy that is going to make plays," Taylor said confidently. "I just want to come in to Michigan and help them win. I'm aggressive. I love going up against the top wide receivers. You got to beat the best to be the best. That's how I look at it. That was how I was brought up. "
"My uncle told me on the radio down there, they said they don't know how fast I am. I can't believe that, but I'm going to show them. I ran 6.9 in the 60 and it's on YouTube and I ran a 10.6 (in the 100m) on a bad foot. I had plantar fasciitis. I had to wear a cast, but I still finished the season and finished second in the 4x100. I was in so much pain, I couldn't run the 100. But I'm going to show them. I'm going to run a 10.5 and 10.4 this summer and I'll show them for sure."
Taylor's quest to get even faster will resume during the indoor track season. Along the way he will be trained and coached by an Olympian.
"My AAU team is coached by Darnell Hall," Taylor said. "He won a gold medal in 1992. Me, Dior Mathis, Edwin Baker… we all ran from the same track club. I have been running with him since I was younger and he has helped my speed a lot. Most of the big names that came from Detroit have worked out with him. He is a great coach and he knows his stuff. I had the fastest time in the state of Michigan when I was 14 years old. He gets my time down every year. I'm going to run a 4.4 this year for sure -- he already told me."