LOGANVILLE, Ga. -- On Saturday, two of the top high school football programs in the country squared off in what ended up being an a hard fought contest, but ultimately Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy defeated Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High 26-7.
Michigan 2017 running back commit Kurt Taylor, who stars for Grayson, happened to be on the losing side, but says losing didn't take away from the effort his team put fourth into the game.
“I just want to thank all my coaches and teammates,” Taylor said afterwards. “We worked hard Monday through Friday, we tried to pull it out today. We worked today, we just didn’t get it.”
However, Taylor’s recruitment is another story.
Like many of Michigan’s commits and top prospects, Taylor made his way to Ann Arbor for U-Ms annual recruiting bonanza “Barbecue at the Big House” in early August, and while it’s been a few weeks since he stepped on campus, the soon-to-be Wolverine is still buzzing about his experience.
“It was great,” Taylor said. “Just going back to the Big House is a special place. (The) barbecue was amazing, the food was amazing, talking to the coaches, man – I loved it.”
Adding: “When I was there, I met everybody,” Taylor said. “I just tried to get connected to everybody.”
But what stood out about his trip to U-M? Mostly everything, Taylor said, although he did rave about his chance to bond with his future position coach Tyrone Wheatley.
“What I really like (about Wheatley),” Taylor said. “When I went up there to the BBQ, I learned more about him. The running backs told he would let you learn like the position by yourself; he’s not going to tell you your mistakes or nothing. If you make a mistake or something, you’re going to learn that for yourself.”
Taylor plans to be in Ann Arbor this weekend when U-M plays host to Hawaii (noon ET), with hopes, he says, to see even more of Michigan has to offer.
“I want to be surprised, I want to see everything,” Taylor said. “I want to see everything really. I want to see more.”
Part of that change is what Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is bringing to the table, Taylor said.
“Last year how coach Harbaugh came to the school and changed to 10-3, it’s just amazing,” Taylor said. “I think possibly they’re going to win a national championship.”