4-star running back Adam Taylor out of Katy, Texas has verbally committed to play football for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Taylor is a big commitment for Bo Pelini and his staff, as he's now their 15th commitment for 2013, and he's their fifth 4-star commit for the class.
Here's what Taylor's high school head coach had to say about his commitment, via Mike Matya of HuskerOnline.com:
"That's what I understand, yes," Katy head football coach Gary Joseph said about Taylor committing to become a Cornhusker Friday evening.
"He went there and he liked the atmosphere, he liked the coaches, and he felt that they were very sincere. So that had a lot to do with it."
Considering his high ranking, Taylor is obviously a very talented player, but what exactly is the 4-star bringing to the Cornhuskers?
Here's my complete scouting report for the newest Nebraska commit, Adam Taylor:
- Name: Adam Taylor
- Hometown: Katy, Texas
- School: Katy High School
- Position: Running Back
- Height: 6'2" (Rivals.com)
- Weight: 200 lbs (Rivals.com)
- 40-Yard Dash: 4.5 (Rivals.com)
- Rankings: 4-star (Rivals.com), 4-star (Scout.com), 4-star (ESPN Recruiting Nation), 3-star (247Sports)
Taylor has a great combination of size and speed, which will make him a very effective runner in the Big Ten. He displays good, quick feet and impeccable footwork, which will allow him to juke defenders and cut to find open lanes.
He's not necessarily a finesse runner, but his footwork and vision allow him to quickly find cutback lanes, make the move and then get up field with a burst of speed.
Taylor runs with a low center of gravity, runs with great balance and he gets downhill fast. He'll be a back that Nebraska can send between the tackles to pick up tough yards, but he can also break a run into the second level and use his speed to out-run defenders.
I really like the way that he uses his vision to find small running lanes in the second level, and that may be his greatest strength heading into Nebraska.
Notice below how he sets up his first running lane with a quick cut inside. His footwork and vision really allow him to set these blocks up, and it's a lane not many backs at the high school level will see:
Once he gets into the second level, he uses his vision and a quick cut inside to set up his block downfield, and then he uses that block to get the edge so he can use his speed to get into the endzone.
Taylor's combination of size, speed, footwork and vision gives him the potential to be a very good back at the college level.
This big negative that I found in Taylor's highlights should be a huge concern. As good as Taylor is as a running back, the one flaw that I constantly noticed was that he doesn't change the ball to his outside hand when he's running left, and that's a flaw that will be exposed at the college level.
He appears to really rely on his right hand, but that's going to hurt him when running to the left side. One constant in his highlights was that he would take on defenders on runs to the left with the ball on his inside, and that's something that he needs to work on.
In the pictures to the side you can see that he's running to the left, but he's holding the ball to the inside.
Even when a defender comes to hit him the ball is still on the inside, and in college that's a ball that will be knocked loose.
Defensive coordinators will recognize that through watching film on Taylor, and they'll instruct their players to get a hat on the ball or to even just try to poke it out.
This is a small detail, but it's the details that matter in football. Taylor is going to have to work on switching the ball to his left and outside hand when running to the left, because if he doesn't, he will lose the ball at the college level.
Besides the fact that he doesn't switch the ball to his outside hand when running left, Taylor projects to be a great running back for Nebraska. His fundamentals and weaknesses will be improved on by the Cornhuskers coaching staff, and he'll only continue to get better.
He displays the raw intangibles to be a very good running back, especially in the Big Ten.
In time, Taylor has the ability to be the feature back for Nebraska.