After wrapping up a top ranked recruiting class, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh hasn’t wasted anytime gearing up for his next class. One of the five commitments in their 2017 class is Covington (Ga.) Newton junior running back Kurt Taylor, who’s kept in contact with Harbaugh while also monitoring the recruiting success Michigan has been having as of late as well.
“Yeah, I always communicate with Coach Harbaugh via direct message on Twitter or telephone,” Taylor told The Michigan Insider. “Last week before signing day I heard from him. My dad constantly stays in touch with him as well. He always appreciates my hard work and he always tells me to keep getting better. I am really excited about the 2016 class. I really think that class has a lot of talent especially on the defensive side. I truly believe the 2017 class will be special as well. I love the direction Michigan is heading. Coach Harbaugh and the entire Michigan staff are putting together something special. The 2016 class has set the bar real high. I would love to see my teammate UCLA commit, Jaquan Henderson and Malik Henry play for Michigan.”
Despite having his recruiting hat on, Taylor has also been training and working on sharpening his craft through lots of hard work.
“I have been running track and working out with a personal trainer,” said Taylor. “My goal is to get stronger, faster and more explosive. My dad always tells me that hard work is undefeated. I am a little bigger, but my focus is to continue to work on my flexibility and speed. I want to be the best at my position.”
Taylor has not only looked to help his game, but help others as well.
“I am always doing something in the community especially at my church,” said Taylor. “On Saturday's, I help my church prepare and pack food for the homeless. Whenever I am training, I always try to work out with the younger athletes. I just want to be a great role model for the kids in my community. I truly believe in doing things right all the time.”
Several other programs have still been in contact with the 5-8, 197-pound Peach State standout, but his mind is set on becoming more of a well-rounded player and person once he arrives in Ann Arbor.
“Yeah I’ve heard from others like Georgia, Florida,TCU, SMU, Ole Miss and Alabama, who have been hitting me up, but my main focus is to continue to get better on and off the field,” said Taylor. “I am committed to Michigan and I am grateful for the opportunity.”