Michigan fans should be excited about Garrett Taylor.
After all, the Richmond St. Christopher's (Va.) two-way threat is thrilled to be a part of the Wolverines' 2015 class, and he's eager to prove that he can be effective on the field, in the locker room and in the classroom.
In case you missed the interview piece, click here--Taylor is a confident and driven teen who seems to fully understand the value of commitment and dedication.
He's also all about connecting and having fun with teammates. So it shouldn't come as a surprise to learn that he admires two of the best DBs in the NFL--Seattle's Richard Sherman and Chicago's Charles Tillman, who lead equally impressive personal lives and are well respected by their organizations.
Sherman has the intelligence and personality to match his aggressive playing style. The 6'3," 195-pound Stanford grad is a witty super athlete--Taylor, who is 6'1" and 188 pounds, could be like him within a few years, minus the Stanford degree of course. Just replace that with papers from Michigan and it's all the same, right?
That being said, a Tillman-like future could be waiting down the road. The Bears' 6'1," 196-pound bruiser won the 2013 Walton Payton Man of the Year Award, which is given to players who, in addition to Sundays, go above and beyond by lending a hand to the community. He heads the Charles Tillman Foundation and recently spoke to his alma mater, Louisiana-Lafayette, during graduation ceremonies, per Fox KADN Lafayette.
Taylor could be such a player in the future. He's serious about graduating and comes across as the type of guy who'd volunteer his time to a greater cause. Who knows? Maybe he'll be a guest speaker at commencement 2029.
Wearing the winged helmet means a lot to Taylor, which is something highlighted in the interview piece. But the following quote was too good to entirely forget about.
AB: What's it like committing to a tradition-rich program such as Michigan?
"It's very humbling," he said, mentioning the "great players who moved onto to do great things in the NFL" while also giving props to the current roster. "It’s humbling seeing what the benchmark is and what you have to become to be considered great—you now have something to aim for and work for. You want to be in that elite group and be one of the greats to come through Michigan.
[UM tradition] keeps you levelheaded—big-time high school recruit means nothing in college."
AB: Advantages for DB/WR?
"[Playing both has] helped me a lot—when you learn the ins and outs of wide receiver, you learn the nuances [makes it easier]," Taylor said. "It’s kind of given me something to look for while I’m checking wide receivers. The fact that I already know what they’re trying to do has definitely helped a lot and I like being able to do that."
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