June 24, 2009
Inkster speedster Johnathan Taylor likes the Chippewas
One of the more talent rich schools in the state of Michigan for 2010 is Inkster, a school that features enough players with the ability to play college ball that they could field a collegiate 7-on-7 team. One of those players is speedy wide out Johnathan Taylor, whom Central Michigan offered this past weekend. 6-foot-2, 180 pound Taylor was a consummate deep threat for the Vikings last year, hauling in 10 touchdowns from Michigan bound quarterback Devin Gardner as a junior last year. Those statistics combined with an impressive showing at Michigan's one day individual camp earned Taylor his first offer.
"Central Michigan offered me, they are my first offer" said Taylor. "Their head coach (Butch Jones) came up to me and offered me during camp. I was very surprised and excited; it kind of gave me a chance to relax after I received my first offer."
Currently that offer has drawn a high interest from Taylor.
"I like CMU a lot. I like their head coach and it seems like they are very interested in me."
While Central Michigan is Taylor's lone offer, he has been hearing from the likes of Ball State, Buffalo, Minnesota, Northwestern, and Virginia. Virginia for one, has been showing Taylor serious interest after receiving his highlight tape and wants Taylor to come down and visit.
"I'm supposed to be going down to Virginia for a camp" added Taylor. "They apparently liked my highlight tape, but I'm not 100% if I'm heading down there yet".
Regardless of what school Taylor ends up at, he has the proper attitude towards academics as shown by his 3.7 GPA at Inkster.
"When looking a school the first thing is academics. Next would be the coach and after that would be the football program as a whole".
Besides his terrific academic record, one other thing schools can be certain about is Taylor's ability to play against high level competition. For starters, he practices against it everyday with the likes of Gardner, brothers Daniel Lindsey and Nathan Lindsey, Vorheese Sanders[/d b], [db]Terrance Stevens and 2011 prospect Dwight Trammer.
"It's kind of fun playing with all those guys, you get to compete with some great athletes and it can bring the best out in you" commented Taylor.
Taylor's recruitment has been picking up quickly, but don't expect a quick decision from him as does not plan on committing this summer.
"I'm not going to wait to wait until the end of the season or anything like that" reported Taylor. "I'll probably decide sometime in the first few weeks of the season".
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