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Taylor commits to Michigan
Newton running back Kurt Taylor (left) with Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh (right).

Today, Newton junior running back Kurt Taylor announced on Twitter that he had verbally committed to attend college and play football at Michigan University. Taylor has visited the school multiple times now, but when he went to see the Wolverines play Brigham Young three weeks ago Taylor knew right then that was the school for him as Michigan throttled BYU 31-0.

“When I first came to visit, the excitement and the chills I had from watching the game and the fans – they’re the best. That’s when I knew where I wanted to be,” Taylor said. “The way coach [Jim] Harbaugh was treating me, comparing me to Frank Gore, how he would use me in the offense – that’s where I know I wanted to be.”

Taylor says that Harbaugh compared him to one of his former running backs, and current NFL star Frank Gore. Harbaugh told Taylor the two had a similar running style and that he liked Taylor’s film.

“Well deserved,” Terrance Banks, Newton head coach, said via text. “They offered him before the season, and believed in him before everyone else. [Their] style of football is his best fit and I am proud and happy for him.”

Taylor has been hot on the recruiting circuit this past summer with interest from Duke, the University of Georgia, Florida State and many more top-tier schools. It tool Taylor a few months, but he felt it was the right time to make his decision.

“I just want to thank God. It’s a blessing. [I want to] thank coach Harbaugh for the opportunity, thank the coaching staff – thank everybody. Thank my parents and everybody that supported me,” Taylor said.

The season isn’t over yet and Taylor still has his eyes on a state championship with Newton. He says he wants to be the best back he can be at Michigan.