Last night Taurean Taylor from Tucker high school announced his commitment to Kent State University. The speedy running back who earned 1st team All-Metro honors by the AJC made it all official when he tweeted:
Happy To Say That I Have Verbally Committed To Kent State University ???? pic.twitter.com/UZwgnA4Bcr
— Taurean Taylor (@torotaylor) June 1, 2017
Taylor (5’7″ 175 lbs) had a bevy of options, but ultimately chose the Golden Flashes over offers from Cincinnati, Marshall, Southern Miss, and Miami (OH). Earlier today we asked Taylor what separated Kent State from the rest of the schools and how their coaching staff envisions him in their offense.
“I chose Kent State because I felt it was the school that showed the most interest in me.” Taylor continued, “They have an outstanding fan base, and I would fit perfectly into the offense by playing running back and slot receiver, while also have an opportunity to compete immediately as a true freshman.”
Last season Taurean Taylor amounted 1,544 total yards, and was a flash across the field for Tucker high school. His blazing fast 40 time has been hand recorded below a 4.4 and he was an integral part of his team’s success last fall leading them all the way to the state title game, which he unfortunately had to sit out due to an ankle injury in the semifinals.
One part of his game that is truly special is his hands. Last season, we consistently saw Taylor make elite catches over recruits with multiple FBS offers. That part of his game is by far the most underrated due to his lack of height, but in combination with his speed, it’s what truly separates him from backs most backs his size.
Heading into the 2017 season the Tucker standout has new a set of goals to tackle. “My goals for next season is most definitely leaving high school with a Class 6A State Championship Trophy in the hands of my teammates and coaches.” And for personal goals? Taylor simply replied, “Let’s just say I’m going to follow the path God has laid out for me!”
The recruiting process can have plenty of ups and downs, but with his Kent State commitment now official, Taylor was able to look back at his recruitment, and provide some insight on the process as a whole. “My biggest advice to future recruits is to stay humble and stay prayed up; with hard work and dedication anything is possible!”
Taylor is the first commit in the class of 2018 for Kent State. They have made a concerted effort this offseason to hit the state of Georgia hard, so it will not surprise us to see more 2018 recruits commit to the Golden Flashes during this recruiting cycle.