Academics top priority for Taylor

Running back Akili Taylor of Bishop Ready High School (Columbus, Ohio) signed with Navy on Wednesday, February 5th. Look inside quotes from Taylor and a Signing Day photo.

"Recruiting was a difficult process," said Taylor. "It almost drove me crazy. Coach Judge came to my school and saw one of my workouts during my junior year. We remained in contact afterwards. It wasn't until week seven of my senior season that I finally received the offer. On January 24th I went to Annapolis for my official visit and committed on my last day there.

"I love the brotherhood at Navy. The coaches want to win but they care more about us as men. They're all high character coaches. Plus, at Navy, you get great schooling, the best in the country. When I go for a job after I'm out of the military, I think having a degree from the Naval Academy will carry a lot of weight with the corporation I'm trying to get hired by.

"I'm going to start out at NAPS. The first thing I'm going to do is make sure I'm doing well academically, then I want to become a great, coachable player who is ready to make an impact once I get to the academy."

Taylor, 5-foot-9, 192-pounds, was a three-year starter for the Bishop Ready Silver Knights. He earned area Player of the Week honors three times as a senior on his way to rushing for 1992 yards. Taylor was also named first team all-State, all-District, and all-Metro. Due to weather, he signed at his home, but had a ceremony a week later at his high school with good friend, Brady Taylor, who chose to play at Ohio State. Top Stories