The heart of Waukesha (Wisc.) Catholic Memorial’s defense this past season was 2016 defensive tackle Zack Taylor.
Already standing 6-foot-2, 290-pounds right in the middle of the defensive line, Taylor played an integral part in a successful season despite coming up short in the state playoffs.
“Our season could have gone better,” Taylor said. “We were 9-3 and we lost in the third round of the playoffs. For me, my season wasn't bad.
“I would have liked to make more plays but I was double and triple teamed all the time so it was hard to make plays but I made first team all conference and still made plays.”
Currently without an official scholarship offer to his name, that could well change quickly for Taylor who has already welcomed Michigan State, Minnesota, Ball State, Western Michigan, Northern Illinois, Western Illinois, Bowling Green, Wyoming, and North Dakota State to his school this winter.
Also receiving some initial inquiries from in-state power Wisconsin, Taylor spoke highly of the Badgers and also the Spartans whom he visited unofficially.
“I've visited Michigan State and it's awesome,” Taylor said. “I love the atmosphere and they produce great football players and they’re a great team.
“I haven't heard from Wisconsin a lot but it would be cool to play for them because it's my hometown team and that's every football players’ dream to play for their home state. But they both produce very good lineman and it would be a blessing to play for either.”
Taylor also paid a visit to Kalamazoo a week ago to check-in on very lively head coach P.J. Fleck and the Western Michigan Broncos, calling the trip great and hoping to learn more about the school.
“His energy and his confidence are out of this world,” Taylor said. “He’s a great coach and he has a great coaching staff and he keeps bringing in great athletes so they’re going to be a great football team.
“He also loves to win and that’s what I want to do. I want to go to a winning program and surround myself with winners and that is possible at Western Michigan.”
Another Midwest power looking to get back to past greatness is the University of Michigan under first year Coach Jim Harbaugh.
Although Taylor hasn’t heard from the Wolverines, it is a program he’d certainly pick up the phone for.
“I know (Harbaugh) came from the NFL and he's a great coach and he's going to bring his experiences from the NFL to Michigan so they are going to be a very good team,” Taylor said. “I would have a lot of interest in Michigan.
“I've been watching them since I was little and they have always been good. So If Michigan was interested in me I would be very excited because that is a great football program.”