Taylor: “Michigan was one of my dream schools”

In the end, Raymon Taylor said, it was just too hard for a kid who grew up in Detroit to say no to Michigan.

As was reported initially this weekend at AnnArbor.com, the four-star defensive back who was verbally committed to Indiana until and even after the firing of Bill Lynch decided to instead commit to the Wolverines this weekend.

“I think they have a great program,” Taylor said. “It was one of my dream schools. It was just the best situation for me and my family. It wasn’t anything against Indiana, I just think Michigan has a better thing going for me and my family.”

Ann Arbor is less than an hour from Detroit, while Bloomington takes closer to six hours. And of course, for as down as it’s been, Michigan is still one of the flagship football schools of the midwest.

Taylor had started considering Michigan when he was still committed to IU. Former coach Rich Rodriguez offered him a scholarship just before Christmas, but was then fired shortly after the Wolverines lost to Mississippi State in the Gator Bowl. Taylor said he was contacted quickly by new coach Brady Hoke, however, and told his offer would still stand.

“That was great,” Taylor said. “It took him one week after he got the job to come to my school. He sat down with me and my dad and my uncle and told me he still wanted me to come to Michigan. That meant a lot.”

Taylor said the dedication he got from Indiana also meant a lot, however. He said he had become close with new cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond, and it was difficult to tell him he would not be going to IU. However, he said Raymond had told Taylor he needed to do what was best for him, and he was understanding when he decided on Michigan.

“After I committed I called and told everybody who offered me a scholarship,” Taylor said. “I called Coach Raymond. He said, ‘Thanks for sticking with us. Take care of your business and do what’s best for you.’ I really appreciated that.”

Taylor is the highest-rated of the seven players who initially committed to IU but instead will go elsewhere.


  1. Hard to blame the kid, and no hard feelings whatsoever. Good luck to him up at Michigan (though, obviously, I hope that the UM football team itself still sucks).

  2. Yea, no hard feelings for his decision. “IF” I was good enough to play college football, I would have chosen IU over anyone, since IU is in my heart. So, I understand his feelings for Michigan.

  3. Well we need to have the new staff bring in some TALENT. I dont see much on the rivals boards. With only 14 committed my hope would be that we would see more activity and quality talent to justify the new facilities. Build-it-and-they-will-come…. lets see some great talent use these great facilities.

  4. Not that we want to measure up with PUke but they have not had a HC and total staff change and they only have 13 commits.

  5. I hope Wilson and staff are going after quality JC talent and poaching some of Wilson’s OK recruits. IU needs an immediate infusion of talent, especially on defense.

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