Taylor Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Commitment

South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) athlete T.J. Taylor verbally committed to Rutgers this morning and went in-depth with ScarletReport.com about his pledge after wrapping up some school work. Taylor discussed his reasons for commitment and excitement to continue the South Brunswick lineage at Rutgers.

South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) athlete T.J. Taylor nearly committed to Rutgers in May after an individualized Junior Day sold his family on the university.

But Taylor decided to make sure he was ready to decide and finalized his decision this morning when he informed the Scarlet Knights of a verbal commitment to the program. Taylor is the fourth New Jersey commitment in Kyle Flood's recruiting class and third "athlete."

"I was talking with my parents a couple of weeks earlier about committing and we decided to wait," Taylor said. "We got a few more offers and after I got all that I got them I figured no other school that could have offered would have changed my decision."

Taylor was recruited to play defense with the idea of working at either safety or linebacker depending on his physical development. The immediate plan is to work at either free or strong safety when he arrives next year.

"They said safety in general," Taylor said. "They weren't specific. I don't care. I think I showed I can play both on my film. It really doesn't matter."

Taylor is the second South Brunswick player to commit to Rutgers in as many years and will follow in the footsteps of both cornerback Jevon Tyree and now Cincinnati Bengal receiver Mohamed Sanu.

"I was talking to [former coach Rick Mantz] about it is that's one of the positives," Taylor said. "Mo in his time there did well, and he and Jevon being close, and adding on more is great. I think that looks good on Coach Mantz' part, the school's part, the community's part.

"Having somebody (Tyree) there right now and with me being comfortable there is good. They have a lot of DBs, but they're old and they will graduate by the time I get there. Being close, I will be able to fit in and be close to home."

Taylor informed Rutgers this morning before school by calling Flood alongside Mantz.

"He was real excited," Taylor said. "He said I made his day and I was one less recruit he had to worry about and he was excited to be part of it. Taylor received the star treatment in school today from friends as the word spread about his college decision. He plans to celebrate this weekend and take a trip to Rutgers to spend more time with coaches and future teammates.

"[I got] lot of attention, kids in class, teachers coming up with me and pictures," Taylor said. "This weekend I'll probably have some time. I just re-did my deck so I will chill with friends and hang out. I am going to [visit] Rutgers on Friday, so that should be fun."

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