The Nebraska Cornhuskers‘ offense is going to be quite the unit to watch for at least the next three years as the program is bringing in four-star recruit Adam Taylor. The Katy, Texas (Houston area) native was recruited by four SEC schools, five Big Ten programs, three Pac-12 teams, six Big 12 schools and the ACC‘s top landing spot–Florida State. He was wooed by several other programs after his performance in the Texas High School Class 5-A Division II state championship game, but is sticking with Nebraska. However, the Cornhuskers don’t even know what they’re getting.
Don’t just read all the scouting reports on this kid; I’ve seen him play in person and he’s the real deal. Taylor is a little tall for a running back at 6’2″ but he runs well for a player his size, slightly similar to Adrian Peterson without the forward lean. Taylor takes contact well for his heigh and always leans into would-be tacklers, which gives him the balance to bounce off them like a much shorter runner would do. He reads holes in the line very effectively, has the burst to get through them and then the breakaway speed (4.5 in the 40-yard dash) to score on long runs.
Taylor had a prolific senior year at Katy, rushing for 1,600 yards and 26 touchdowns. That was capped by a magnificent, 277-yard, five-touchdown performance in the state title game over Cedar Hill High School that gave Katy another ring. That game had one theme: Taylor was going to get the ball and Cedar Hill couldn’t stop him. Cedar Hill stacked the line heavier and heavier as the game wore on, but it didn’t slow Taylor a bit.
Obviously Taylor isn’t perfect; he doesn’t run with a passion and it shows on occasion when he’s in a pileup. He relies heavily on his strength and speed, which were enough to dominate the incredible talent in the state of Texas, so with a little Big Ten coaching, he could be the new superstar running back in the conference and the next freshman phenom from the lone star state.