Highland Park (MI) CB Raymon Taylor had always dreamed of being a Wolverine. Last weekend he made…
Signing Day Capsule: Raymon Taylor
Highland Park Community HS (Highland Park, MI)
NR: *** - Position Rank: 49
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His Recruiting Story
Michigan fans saw the Wolverine secondary continually picked apart for the third consecutive year, injuries and freshman starters were part of the problem – but so is positional depth. The Michigan staff is rectifying the situation by adding its fourth cornerback in the 2011 class. But Raymon is more than just depth fodder, he is a physical and fast defensive back. Whether it was during games, camps, or 7-on-7s he showed ability to match up against the toughest receivers and was able to jam them or show bursts of closing speed to disrupt plays. As such, he had numerous offers from the like of Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Cincinnati and Toledo. When he saw prospective playing time and potential to display his skills early he opted to commit for the Hoosiers. But when Indiana much like Michigan opted to go in a new direction with their coaching staff, Taylor chose open his recruitment back up and saw opportunity with the new Michigan staff and went Wolverine. Raymon Taylor finished his senior season (4-3) with 48 tackles and five interceptions. He also played running back and wide receiver had around 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns on offense.
His Commitment Comments
"Really I just sat down with the coaching staff and looked into their education, plus it is getting close to signing day it was between Indiana, Iowa and Michigan. Michigan had the edge. I wanted to stay close to home and it was a good fit for me… my dream school."
Taylor is listed at 5'-11" and 172 pounds. His size may not impress, but his heart and character will. As a cornerback, he is unafraid to go against any receiver who comes along. He wants to be labeled a "lock-down" corner. That shouldn't be a problem. For his size, he is one of the most dominant corners around. He will run his man out of bounds, knock him to the ground or otherwise disrupt his route the first five yards off the line of scrimmage – Jack Lyman. Highland Park used Raymon's versatility in every aspect of the game and he played defense, offense, and special teams. He is an aggressive and spirited defender, and with seven early picks during his junior season other teams opted to stay away from his side of the field. He makes up with lack of height with excellent leaping ability, terrific closing speed, and ability to adjust to the ball in the air and make plays. He also is a good open field tackler and attacks the run extremely well.
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