Taylor is all Dawg

When UW got a commitment from Hamilton (Chandler, Az.) ATH Kendyl Taylor, it was clear they were adding an multi-dimensional athlete who could hurt defenses in several ways. He's been solidly committed to the Huskies for months, however, with new staffs at the two Arizona schools some might worry he might look elsewhere and Dawgman.com caught up with him recently to get his thoughts on things...

"We finished 13-1 and lost our last game which sucked," Taylor told Dawgman.com earlier this week. "We lost in the state championship game which was tough, but we had a great season other than that.

"Individually I did pretty well. I had over 1,000 yards receiver and over 500 rushing. So, Individual-wise I did pretty well, but I wish I hadn't lost my last game.

"I'm just excited about my future as a Husky and I'm ready to continue that winning tradition."

While Taylor is an accomplished prospect, he noted he worked on several areas and felt he improved his game as the season went along.

"I got a lot better at blocking because I know that's what you need to do to be successful at the next level," Taylor noted. "I also worked really hard at getting better at getting off the jam (from the defensive back) and just getting more knowledge of the game and situations."

Because he's such a versatile athlete, Taylor can't be considered exclusively at wide receiver or running back and he said the Husky coaches have some things in the works for him.

"They have big plans for me," Taylor said. "They are looking at me as a receiver, but they also want to get me the ball on some fly sweeps and out in space too and I have good hands and I run good routes, so they see me in that role too.

"When I came on my unofficial (in April), they put together some film of ways they planned to use me and it was really cool for me to see that and how they wanted to use me."

Normally, this time of year, Taylor would be getting ready to run track, but told Dawgman.com that he doesn't plan to play any other sports and will get ready for his Husky career to start this summer.

With all of the coaching changes, including the two in-state Pac 12 schools, some might worry that Taylor could look to stay closer to home, but he said not to worry.

"I haven't heard from anyone since those two staffs were hired and that's fine because I'm a Husky and I'm going to stay that way," Taylor said. "Nothing of that really affects me because I'm really excited to have a great career at Washington."

We will have more from Taylor in the future as he prepares to sign his letter-of-intent on February 1st.

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