Salem (NJ) tailback Jonathan Taylor picks up a scholarship offer from Wisconsin

With his commitment to Rutgers not even a month old, Salem (NJ) tailback Jonathan Taylor realizes Wisconsin is a school he needs to visit after the Badgers extended him an offer.

Wisconsin is hoping its reputation for producing quality running backs is enough to make Salem (NJ) tailback Jonathan Taylor rethink his commitment.

Still looking for a tailback in the 2017 recruiting class, Wisconsin went into a region that has produced tailbacks Ron Dayne and Corey Clement to offer the Rutgers commit.

“I was partly shocked they offered; it's a great surprise right before you head out for your school concert,” Taylor told BadgerNation. “It's impossible to not consider them. They have a great program, and as a running back you can't just ignore them. James White, Montee Ball, Melvin Gordon and Corey Clement all in past five years. Those are all top running backs and it would be an honor to be the next great one for Wisconsin.”

Taylor committed to Rutgers over offers from Army, Boston College, Buffalo, Navy, Temple and others in late April. While he says he’s a solid commit to Rutgers, Taylor – rated a three-star tailback by – said he continues to explore new options to validate his decision or reassess his choice.

With that in mind, he said he will “100 percent” take a visit to Wisconsin either this summer or fall.

“I can't wait to meet the staff better and hopefully talk to them in the meantime,” Taylor said. “I know they have a great staff and run a tight ship. I haven't visited before, but I've only heard great things about them. I'll definitely be researching them and getting a better idea of how their staff is.”

Holding a 3.5 GPA, Taylor said Wisconsin’s academic reputation and being constantly named as one of the top colleges in the country are more evidence that the Badgers are a school worth investigating further.

"Academics are huge for me,” Taylor said. “Football always won't go as planned and it's a big risk to put everything you have into that basket, so I want to keep a good mind and study hard in the class. Wisconsin can help me with that. It would be the icing on the cake. I don't know a lot about the campus, but I've seen photos of the capital building and it's stunning. I can't imagine it in real life. My visit will dictate a lot of my future in recruiting process.”

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