- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
Prior to the start of Friday, Nebraska’s 2013 recruiting class had 14 solid commits. The class, however, was still lacking a running back. Late Friday evening, the Cornhuskers landed a top-40 back and -- as they did in 2009 with Rex Burkhead -- ventured to the Lone Star State to find him.
Four-star running back Adam Taylor (Katy, Texas/Katy) gave Nebraska his verbal commitment and became the Huskers’ 15th commitment of the class. A 6-foot-1, 200-pound bruiser who meshes power and speed, Taylor’s decision came late Friday but became public Saturday afternoon, minutes before Nebraska’s Senior Day game against Minnesota.
Taylor, who confirmed the commitment to ESPN.com on Saturday, chose Nebraska over offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Baylor, Wisconsin and Stanford, among others. He visited Lincoln, Neb., last weekend for the Huskers’ 32-23, come-from-behind win against Penn State and enjoyed the visit. Nebraska defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski was Taylor’s primary recruiting contact.
Completely healthy after suffering an ACL injury in the first game of last season, Taylor is a top contributor on a Katy team that is No. 5 in the latest ESPN 25 Power Rankings. He has rushed for 1,591 yards and 26 touchdowns and is averaging almost nine yards per carry for Katy, which dominated Houston Westbury, 77-7, in the first round of the Texas Class 5A playoffs on Thursday. Taylor rushed 15 times for 225 yards and four touchdowns in the win.
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