Five minutes before kickoff is an interesting time to announce a commit, but Nebraska picked one up from Katy (Texas) running back Adam Taylor before NU took on Minnesota.
A talented player, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Taylor had a few schools (like LSU) cool on him because of a junior-season knee injury.
“I knew Nebraska was a hard-nosed running team and has had a lot of great running backs,” Taylor said.
Katy is a football-mad suburb of Houston, and Taylor’s high school team is the best program in town. Competition for any starting job on Katy’s squad is fierce, but Taylor started as a sophomore, running for 1,553 yards. He missed most of his junior year with a torn ACL, and had to regain his starting job as a senior.
“He ain’t no waterbug," Katy coach Gary Joseph said. "He’s not the jump cut kind. He’s downhill.”
He did, posting memorable numbers: 2,754 yards rushing and 45 touchdowns. Taylor ran for more than 1,000 yards in the Texas 5A playoffs, leading Katy to a state title. His performance in Cowboys Stadium is one of the best in state title history: 30 carries, 277 yards and five touchdowns, including the game-clincher on fourth down.
Perhaps the best compliment for Taylor came from Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire, whose team lost to Katy in the state title game.
“I’ve been coaching 19 years, and I’d have to go way back to find someone like him,” McGuire said. “It’s like you’re watching Nebraska running the I-formation in the 1980s.”
Taylor had offers to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Stanford, among other schools.
Our take: Taylor’s long-striding, straight-as-an-arrow running style bears some resemblance to Adrian Peterson, but Taylor doesn’t have Peterson’s speed or ability to change direction — few do. But Taylor hits a hole hard and doesn’t stop chugging until defenders drag him down. His short, thick arms actually protect well against fumbling. In Katy’s offense, he played as a true I-back. Toss pitches. Counter plays. His footwork is deft; he keeps his balance well. He’s not a fast back laterally, but Taylor is a north-south runner. Perfect for the Pistol or power I plays offensive coordinator Tim Beck likes. He’ll push Imani Cross for playing time.
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WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING:
Nebraska lands 4-star RB (Omaha.com)
Husker recruit scores five touchdowns in Texas state title game (Omaha.com)
Powerhouse Katy RB Adam Taylor overwhelms Cedar Hill en route to 5A-II state title (DallasNews.com)
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Photos courtesy of Smiley N. Pool and Cody Duty / The Houston Chronicle