- Gary Laney, Reporter, GeauxTigerNation
LSU received a commitment Thursday from a Texas running back.
The pledge gives the Tigers 10 commitments for 2013 and adds an explosive offensive threat as well as their first true running back in the class.
Adam Taylor, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back from Texas powerhouse Katy High, committed to the Tigers after a junior season that was marred by a season-ending knee injury in the season's first game.
"They stuck with me through the injury," said Taylor of LSU. "Hopefully, this kind of thing never happens again. But if it does, I know they'll stick by me and they'll have a great support system."
He took a blow to the knee in a game that matched two of Houston's top prep powers. Katy, a western suburb, played Houston North Shore on Aug. 26, 2011 when Taylor limped out of the game early in the fourth quarter after a hit on his left knee resulted in a torn ACL.
He had piled up 106 yards on 20 carries against one of the area's toughest defenses when he limped off, but he was not able to add any more yardage in his junior season.
By then, he was already heavily recruited. Playing for one of his state's most dominant and visible programs, he rushed for 1,553 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore.
"My sophomore year, it was all so new to me," he said. "Those first 4-5 games, I was really just getting the feel for it."
He learned quickly and some pretty big names in the college football world noticed.
He had offers from Baylor, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Wisconsin, among others. Many also stuck with him through his injury, but he was impressed by LSU and assistant coach Thomas McGaughey, who was the Tigers' point man in his recruiting process.
"They have a great tradition and they run the ball," said Taylor. "They just have great things to offer, starting with a great education."
He appears to be a Les Miles kind of back. At 210 pounds, he has the potential to put on more weight and offer the kind of between-the-tackles punch that current Tigers like Spencer Ware and Kenny Hilliard bring.
"But I want to be a complete back," he said. "After my sophomore year, I really worked on adding that extra burst that would give me the complete, balanced package."
He's still working on it, but on a more limited basis, for now. He's participating in Katy's spring practice, but not in contact drills.
He said he expects to be participating full speed come August camp "doing the things everybody else does."
That will be almost a full year after he suffered his injury.
"When it first happened, I was upset and shocked," he said. "But I stayed close to God and kept working on my rehab."
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