Chad Ricardo: My dude, Kurt Taylor! First and foremost, I have to be honest with you man, I’ve had the opportunity to cover you for about a year now and rarely, if ever have I come to know a young man who combines your next level talent and ability with such an amazing and compassionate spirit and positive way of being. It truly is refreshing.
That said, when I check out your pics and tweets, I always see you HELPING. Whether you’re assisting a younger teammate or making a difference in the community, you seem to consistently be lending a hand to someone. Why is it so important to you to give back?
Kurt Taylor: My parents raised me to always give back .The law of reciprocity (states), whenever you give from your heart , God will bless you abundantly. That’s something I live by. My dad grew up in the inner city of New York and he stated that he never had a positive role model to looked up to, so it was important to him to give back to his community. I’m following in his footsteps.
Chad Ricardo: See what I’m saying?!?!?! How many BIG TIME student athletes have the heart or mindset to live that kind of truth. I appreciate you brother! Let’s turn the direction to the playing field. You all are off to a great start at Grayson both as a team, as well as you, individually. What has this season been like thus far, and who has helped make the transition seemless?
Kurt Taylor: Our season has been phenomenal for me, thus far. I have learned so much as a RB; my pass protection has improved. The way I run, read and understand defenses… Coach Herron and the rest of the coaching staff have been great for me in every way. My QB, Chase Brice has also been a great leader and a good friend. Whenever you play for a team where everyone is like-minded, it’s a great thing.
Chad Ricardo: By the looks of things, you all are beginning to hit on all cylinders. As we look forward to your collegiate career, you’re considered a HARD commit to the University of Michigan. The fans LOVE you and can’t wait for you to start rockin’ that maize and blue. Out of all the schools that coveted Kurt Taylor, what was it about the Wolverines that convinced you you should be a Michigan man?
Kurt Taylor: Coach Harbaugh and Coach Wheatley have been great to me and my parents! The Michigan fan base and the way they treat me has been unbelievable. I think they’re the best in the nation. Also, the importance placed on academics at Michigan; every time I’ve visited, the coaching staff has always stressed academics before football. Life after football is huge there.
Chad Ricardo: Can’t beat that! I love to hear about institutes of higher learning that keep in mind that they are institutes of higher learning! Carrying the football for them for 4 years is wonderful, but what you are able to do with your life after you hang up the cleats is of even greater importance! Very pleased you’re with a program that has the same plan for your path.
I have to ask you about Coach Harbaugh in specific. From an outsiders perspective, I believe Jim Harbaugh seems like the ideal coach to play for. Granted, in my own career, I was never good enough on the field to even carry water for you guys, but I digress. What do you appreciate most about your future head coach?
Kurt Taylor: Coach Harbaugh is the best coach in College football! His enthusiasm and passion for football has changed the landscape in recruiting and the way people coach. I am a fan of any coach who loves football as much as me, and that’s definitely the case with Coach Harbaugh . I’m so impressed by the way he get his athletes to play for him and on a personal note, he believed in my Talents from day 1. I was the first player in the 2017 to commit under him.
Chad Ricardo: Wow, I wasn’t aware of that. I gotta tell you, as a fan of Coach Harbaugh’s myself, it’s good to hear his recruits/players speak about him this way. It shows that he is not just putting on an act, but that his actions are genuine. That’s whats up.
I’ll get you out of here on this: I know yourself and your father have a saying, “hard work is undefeated”. You’re obviously a hard worker, but no one makes it this far alone. What person or persons have helped you grow and develop into the young man you are today?
Kurt Taylor: My Dad has been my role model in my life. He has been there for me from day one. He taught me that ” Hard Is Undefeated “—he’s been saying that for over 20 years. I watch him work so hard to get our family whatever we need. He has always said that hard work can’t be denied.
Chad Ricardo: Kurt Taylor, you are on your way to accomplishing great things brother…both on AND off the field. Thank you for your time. I wish you health, happiness and success.
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