The month of December had its share of highs for Raymon Taylor. After decommitting from Indiana in the aftermath Bill Lynch's firing, the Highland Park corner picked up additional offers from Iowa and Michigan. He capped the month off with an appearance at the National Underclassman All World Gridiron Classic.
"It went great," said Taylor of performance in the contest. "I had a lot of fun. I met a lot of neat people. I did good. I had a great game. I had four tackles and a forced fumble. I did great. We only played a little over a quarter, but I had a great game. They were great great athletes, but I still stood my ground and still played my game just like I do in Michigan. Everything went great."
Taylor might have said the same about his recruitment had it not altered so much by coaching turnover.
"When (Michigan) fired Coach Rodriguez, I knew (it was coming). Coach Dews was telling me they was looking bad," he said. "I was really disappointed because I had just picked up the offer. It seems like every time I kind of look at schools something bad happens or don't go the right way, but I know it is business. I know that happens sometimes. It is okay."
A little clarity returned to Taylor's recruiting when Indiana hired new head coach Kevin Wilson. More emerged earlier this week when Michigan hired new headman Brady Hoke, but only a little. That's because theWolverines' choice caught the talented youngster a little by surprise.
I thought the LSU coach (Les Miles) was going to get the job, but I see they gave it to the other guy," admitted Taylor. "I sat down (last) week and watched the (LSU) DBs (in the Cotton Bowl) and I know it seemed like he had some good DBs and they've got some good DB coaches. I was hoping that he would get it. But I seen the new (Michigan) coach and Michigan is still a great school. I don't know too much about (Hoke), but I knew he used to coach (at Michigan). Everything is still the same with Michigan. They're still staying the same with me."
"I'm just ready to check out the visit and meet everyone and everything will go great."
The new coaching regime in Ann Arbor has made it clear to Taylor that he remains a priority the Maize & Blue. Now it's just a matter of locking in a spot on his hectic visit schedule the next three weeks.
"(This weekend) I take my visit to Indiana," the three-star prospect reported. "I guess Michigan is probably going to postpone (their official visit date) to the end of this month because they're going to get the (new) coaching staff (hired). Chris Singletary called me a couple of days ago saying that they were going to postpone it and I'll take one in two weeks… probably around the 28th (January). Illinois told me (to visit) next week if I can make it."