Looking For Junior Day Attendees:Taylor & Sharpley

The Feb. 29 Ohio State game is shaping up as perhaps Michigan's biggest winter Junior Recruiting Days in recent years! And we've been on the trail of attendees! Last night we talked to two of the top five instate junior prospects, <b>DT Terrance Taylor</b> and QB <b>Evan Sharpley</b>.

First up, we chatted with top nose tackle Terrance Taylor from Muskegon, Mich. We asked Terrance about the junior day but Terrance wanted to talk about wrestling!

"Yes, I'm going to the Junior Day. Hey, I won the conference heavyweight wrestling title a week ago in Grand Haven. I beat Cribbs -- he's the only guy who'd beaten me this year. (Note: Andrew Cribbs is a 6-5, 275 pound senior from Muskegon Mona Shores, who signed with CMU as an offensive lineman.) I beat him 14-6. I'm wrestling at 277 lbs. -- I lost ten or so pounds to wrestle at this weight. The districts are this Saturday, at East Kentwood."

As a junior Taylor made 68 tackles including 10 sacks. He was named as one of USA Today's Top Ten Juniors. And he is Max Emfinger's Nose Tackle #3.

He attended several Michigan games last fall, and he tells us Michigan is his leader.

Taylor's stats: 2003 U-M Camper, 6-0, 280 lbs., 4.9 in the 40.


Next we talked to Quarterback Evan Sharpley from Marshall, Mich. Sharpley, considered the top instate quarterback and one of the top five instate prospects overall. As far as attending the Junior Day he said:

"I'm not sure right now. I'd say possibly-probably, but I'll see how it works out."

You were a pretty common presence at Michigan games last fall, Evan.

"Yeah, I was at most of the games ... all but one or two."

Were you a Michigan fan growing up?

"Yes, I grew up rooting for Michigan."

Do you have any plans for the spring or summer?

"I plan to go to the Michigan Camp for a day or two, and I'll probably do the same thing at Purdue, Michigan State, and Notre Dame. It depends on how things fit in with baseball. I'm a shortstop on my high school team, and an infielder on my summer team. I'd like to play baseball in college too, but that will depend."

Do you have any scholarship offers at this point?

"So far I have an offer from Iowa - I got it last fall."

Do you have an early list of top schools?

"Right now I'd say Iowa, Notre Dame and Michigan. They're all equal."

As a junior Sharpley completed 145 of 285 passes for 1,942 yards and 19 touchdowns and received all-conference, all-area and special mention all-state honors. For his career, he has completed 286 of 555 pass attempts for 3,802 yards and 45 touchdowns. He is also one of the top baseball players in the state.

Sharpley's stats: 6-3, 190 lbs., 4.7 in the 40, 3.97 GPA.

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