February 2, 2011

SIGNING DAY: Taylor could play offense or defense

Four-star athlete Raymon Taylor will fit a need for Michigan at defensive back. But then, he could fill a need at receiver or running back also. The 5-10, 167-pound Highland Park, Mich., athlete has the ability to contribute on both sides of the ball …

"He's the kind of athlete that could be a great cornerback or a great safety or a great receiver or even run the football - whatever he decides to focus on and wherever Michigan sticks him, he has a bright future," rival coach Greg Carter from Inkster said.

Inkster matched up with Highland Park twice during the 2010 regular season and both times Taylor was a thorn in Carter's side.

"He was an impact player, no question," Carter said. "He was the heart and soul of their team. Very aggressive, talented, fast, athletic.

"Their coaches are smart enough that they ran their offense around his biggest strengths and the same thing defensively. They used him in ways that he had the opportunity to make big plays for them."

In 2010, Taylor, ranked the No. 6 player in the state and the No. 14 athlete nationally, rushed for 847 yards and 11 touchdowns while defensively he had seven interceptions - returning two for scores - while notching 47 tackles.

"They put him in the slot and ran wide receiver screens with him, he returned kicks, returned punts, ran some," Carter said. "Defensively, he locked in on the receivers we wanted to go to and did a very good job on them. We couldn't create space and couldn't get up field because he played so physical.

"He was certainly one of the better players we saw last season."

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