Jayme Taylor is the latest verbal commitment Northwestern has landed from the talent-rich city of Houston. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound superback is appreciative of the chance to continue the Wildcat lineage in the Oil City.
"It's awesome, I'm glad I can be a part of it and I'm glad they can get another player from Houston," said Taylor. "It shows what kind of high school football is down in Houston."
But what would lead a kid from Texas to leave the state, traveling 1,100 miles north?
"It shows they have a lot of good things to offer, things that people can't turn away from," Taylor said of Northwestern. "It's hard to say no to a great school like that."
The Woodlands (TX) High School product gave Northwestern his verbal commitment shortly after a weekend visit.
Taylor was sold on Northwestern when he and his family toured campus and the football facilities. During the visit, Taylor met with the players and coaches, where he already felt like a member of the team.
"The players were all really accepting, they seem like great kids," said Taylor. "You can tell the coaches brought in high-character players by how they took me in and spent the day with me. I had fun, I just liked them a lot. The coaches are awesome, they made me feel at home. I never felt out of place."
Taylor's recruitment from Northwestern began during the spring during spring practices in Houston. Area recruiter Randy Bates was impressed by his versatility, scouting the two-way standout as a superback. Bob Heffner joined the recruiting effort, along with head coach Pat Fitzgerald.
Taylor built a strong relationship with the Northwestern coaches and admires how the program is run, namely how the importance of academics are stressed within the football program.
"I really liked how the coaches really focused the players on academics," said Taylor. "Just the character from the players met. I loved the coaching staff, that was a big part of my decision. I love the campus of Northwestern, everything about it."
Taylor can now prepare for his senior season with his verbal commitment in the books.
"It's awesome, I really think I made a great decision with a great school," he said. "It's awesome, feels great."