Hello my name is Shane Kinnee and this is my first post for The Big House Report! I am excited to start a new chapter with TBHR, and I am very honored and privileged to be writing for such a credible site. This site has produced a lot of great writers such as current managing editor Derek Devine and Scout’s Joshua Henschke, who founded the site. I hope to become an established writer like the many others this site has produced.
Last Monday, I had a chance to interview 2017 RB Kurt Taylor, who officially committed to the Wolverines on October 16. Taylor is out of Coverington, Georgia and is a junior who attends Newton High School. According to 247sports.com, Taylor is currently listed as the 35th best running back in the nation and is listed as the 50th best player in his state. He just recently committed to Michigan last Sunday and is a huge get for the Michigan Wolverines.
Taylor is a 5’9, 201-pound bowling ball of a runner, with the power and strength to run straight through defenders if they don’t go low and tackle properly. He is a one-cut line of back. He has great vision and excels at finding the hole in the defense and running dead ahead. He’s not the shiftiest back just yet, but this is something he’s worked to improve on. He might not blow by defensive backs, but he can make a defense pay if he can get to the second level. Taylor is a hard-working, team-first player, and more than capable and willing as a blocker. He will need to work on his pass catching, as well, so he will probably start his career as a third-down back. The typical kind of Harbaugh player and running back, in my opinion.
I have a lot of respect for Taylor. He is a hell of an athlete and is a very physical back. Taylor was nice enough to sit down with me and talk about his commitment to Michigan, recruiting, future plans, and talk little bit about himself.
Here are a few excerpts from my conversation with Kurt Taylor:
TBHR: What sealed the deal for you to commit to Michigan?
Taylor: The tradition and history of Michigan and how Coach Harbaugh in his first year here is already bringing it back. I want to be apart of it. I just always loved Michigan and the tradition and history of the program. The chills on my first visit and the excitement of the game and the fans are the best. That’s when I knew I wanted to be at Michigan.
TBHR: How would you describe your game on the field?
Taylor: A running back that has vision and protects the QB. Can catch the ball very well. Loves to run over people and has great speed.
TBHR: What did you think of your official visit to Michigan for the Michigan State game? Reactions to the game?
Taylor: It was great, me and my family loved it. I could have not asked for anything better. The game was intense, exciting and packed. But I did not expect that last play to happen.
TBHR: Knowing that Jim Harbaugh sends a lot of players to the NFL, how did that affect your decision to commit to Michigan?
Taylor: I knew I wanted to be coached by him. He has the all the connections to the NFL.
TBHR: What will you major in at Michigan?
Taylor: Sports Management.
TBHR: What is the best part of Michigan outside of football?
Taylor: The campus. I love the education, the dorms, and everything.
TBHR: What NFL players do you try to base your game off of?
Taylor: Walter Payton and Adrian Peterson.
TBHR: Will you enroll into Michigan early?
TBHR: What do you think of the current Michigan backs on the roster?
Taylor: They got a lot of speed and power.
TBHR: What can you bring to that group of backs?
Taylor: The best back I can be. Work hard.
TBHR: Favorite NFL team and NBA team?
Taylor: Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots. Golden State Warriors.
TBHR: If you could meet one person in your life who would that be?
Taylor: Adrian Peterson.