Throughout the 123-year history of the University of Georgia football program, the Bulldogs have produced legendary running backs such as Todd Gurley, Knowshon Moreno, Rodney Hampton, Robert Edwards, Garrison Hearst, Frank Sinkwich, Charley Trippi and of course, the incomparable Herschel Walker. Current UGA stars Nick Chubb and Sony Michel are upholding the long tradition and carry the torch of great Bulldog running backs into 2016.
Another Georgia high school product, Newton High’s Kurt Taylor believes he has the potential to be added to this impressive list. Although Taylor is currently committed to the University of Michigan, Georgia should take a longer look at the Newton junior and consider offering a scholarship.
Taylor is a four-star running back in the class of 2017 who has had a love for football since an early age. He is the No. 19-ranked running back nationally and the No. 39 junior in the state of Georgia. “One day my dad and I were watching a documentary on Walter Payton and I was inspired to play football and become great like he was,” Taylor recently told me during an interview. He added, “I was so fascinated by [Payton’s] work ethic and the way he ran with so much power.”
Following his role model, the 5’9″, 201-pound Taylor works hard and runs with downhill power. He started his football career in the eighth grade at Clements Middle School in Covington. The rising star led his team to the playoffs with over 2,000 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. He earned the team MVP award and set his sites on bigger goals at Newton.
Taylor led the 9-3 Rams with 1,169 rushing yards on 171 carries, had 15 receptions for 152 yards and scored 18 touchdowns in 2015. He was a first team, Class 7A All-Region running back, leading Newton to the school’s first football region championship in 30 years. Not only is Taylor a standout on the gridiron, he excels in the classroom, carrying a 3.7 GPA. He runs a 4.5 second 40 and in addition, he is a constant presence in the weight room — bench pressing 390 pounds, leg presses 605 pounds and power cleans 310 pounds.
So how does he achieve his lofty goals? Taylor stated, “My dad always told me that ‘hard work is undefeated.’ I believe in hard work. I want to earn everything I get in life.” Taylor possess much passion for the game of football and loves the contact. He refers to himself as a “downhill runner” and has the skills and determination to make defenders miss in the open field and the power to run through tackles. He is an excellent pass blocker and is versatile enough to be a pass-catching threat. Taylor is a confident, hardworking and unwavering young man and football player and has the potential to be a playmaker.
A core value of the University of Georgia football team is the power of teamwork. The coaches, players and staff all work together for the benefit of the team. Bulldog Nation appreciates the effort and sacrifices of these athletes for the betterment of the team. Taylor claims, “I believe with team success comes individual rewards.” He stated, “Football is team sport and you must rely on your teammates,” which is the proper mindset to building championships.
Kurt Taylor wants to be a Georgia Bulldog, represent his home state and excel Between the Hedges. He has the potential to become a valuable asset and has the desire and drive to join the list of Georgia greats. Coach Kirby Smart and new running backs coach Dell McGee should fire up the video, take the short drive to Covington and offer. Coach Smart came home and it may be worth keeping Kurt Taylor home too.
“I will become one of the best back in the Country. They should of offer me.”
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