here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
Recruiting: Raymon Taylor
Sorry, that didn't add much. I'm le tired this morning.
Rivals seems to overrate the kid compared to most recruiting services. I havent seen his rank with scout or Lemming, though, and I don't think Michigan or MSU has made him a priority. Which says something.
If you depend on recruiting services and not actual facts, then there is something wrong.
Most of the guys having tremendous seasons, take time and look at their schedule and see if their team is not always beating someone by 28, 35 etc. blowouts and patting their stats. Raymon has done a GREAT job playing hard both ways against the top competition. Just look at last year for example. Inkster (Devin Gardener) Andrew Hendrix (Moeller) Norte Dame, Tony Lippett (Crockett) MSU Robert Bolden (OLSM) Penn State just to name a few. Highland Park plays the toughest schedule and both Taylor and Hosley still put up big numbers.
@Magnus...Taylor did dominate at the 7 on 7 camps...I'll get video link for you....For the most part Raymon is very talented and also very humble..... Yes Rich Rod did come to the high school as well as several other schools MSU Dontonio......
@Huss.... Taylor has just stepped into the camp scene and could have been rated higher..but decided to rest his foot during the rest of the summer and concentrate on his grades....and yes his is NCAA ClearingingHouse Ready....
Some things are talent and some things are political.
And Oh yes I did a little research today and checked on in state players
Yes Ohio State has 85 in state players 2010-11
Michigan has 56..you do the math
He is good enough....most players will not last both ways, playing every down...Rivals and Scout are doing a great job...
I am a Michigan fan...but until we keep our best in state then we will continue to have problems.
you never hear of a 4-5 star recruit leave the state of Texas
Based on your description the kid sounds legit.
Also, are you his dad?
Just a fan and really had a chance to follow this kid closely. He has come a long way and did get a well deserved scholarship and that is what its all about. I take my hat off to great coaches such as Dortch of Highland Park and some of the other coaches who work and develop talent with what they're given opposed to recruiting players and building dynasties. You are only as good as your talent.
You are right about the haters. Most people dont know the whole story.
Ohio State also has the advantage of having more in-state talent than the state of Michigan. Plus OSU is the only perennially solid program in the state (Cincinnati is a relative newcomer and hasn't really established itself yet), whereas Michigan State is another Big Ten program just an hour or so up the road from Ann Arbor. I agree that U of M should be getting more kids from in-state, but that doesn't mean U of M can put together a great team from in-state talent alone.
Also, Raymon Taylor attended the U.S. Army All-American Underclassman Combine. He may not have gone to "camps" but that's a national event that provided him a chance to show off his skills. It's not like he's completely ignored those events.
Also also, he's a 4-star recruit to Rivals. I'm not sure why you think he's being overlooked, unless you think he's a 5-star...and IMO, he's not a 5-star.
I agree that the longhorns get a lot of instate talent, but 4 and 5 star kids from Texas leave all the time. Wasn't Seastrunk from Texas? Also, Stonum was a pretty big recruit from Texas. So was Mallett (although he was kinda from Arkansas).
How many times have a player flown under the radar and rivals nor Scout had their lasers on.
This kid is the truth....Just put it this way when Michigan and MSU were in touch He had a couple of classes to make up...Now He is ready
Thanks Charlie Sheen for righting this ship.
He's been hilarious on Two and Half Men this season, so I will trust his sound judgement.
Speaking of snake oil (not ours) and Indiana Football:
He's probably transfering to us
Taylor performed nicely at combines, which is why Rivals has him rated so highly. The kid doesn't have a UM or MSU offer, and he's an instate kid, so yeah, put 2 and 2 together....
every time I hear the name Ramon I think of the Rodney Dangerfield quote in Back to School
Oh, Ramon, you look fantastic. I thought you were still in Tijuana.
sorry no vid of that line, but here is the triple lindy..the most difficult dive of all time
everytime I hear the name of Ramon, I think of Razor Ramon of the WWF. Possibly one of the greatest wrestling related vids of all time here.
From what I gathered, he was seriously considered...and then passed over. Taylor is speedy but that's about it.
Some people think Taylor's teammate, Jermal Hosley, is better...and Hosley is currently committed to BGSU.
Ive seen him play and the kid is good...The put 2+2 together crap is stupid...Maybe it has something to do with grades..I dont know...But the kid is all over the field and can play..
At least someone has seen him play in person instead of relying on some scouting service.
Good observation tommyz and which game did you see.
One of the recruiting roundups Sam Webb addressed this question. He said he would not be suprised if UM opens it back it up, and doesnt believe the Taylor to IU is a done deal.