January 17, 2010

CMU welcomes trio of commits for official visits

With head coach Dan Enos starting to get his assistant coaches in place, Central Michigan welcomed a few verbal commits for the 2010 class to campus for their official visits. Joe Wirth, Nores Fradi and Johnathan Taylor all had a chance to visit with the new members of the staff and coach Enos as they took the ever so important official visit to their school of commitment. ChippewaCountry was able to catch up with Taylor after his visit to get an update on his recruitment.

Taylor, a wide receiver from Inkster (MI), just finished a season that saw them reach the Division 2 state championship game. The Vikings would be upended by Lowell 27-6, but Taylor was able to build upon the tough challenges he faced as a senior.

"It was a tough season. I personally had a couple of ups and downs and I didn't play as well as I wanted at times. In the end though, we fought through a lot of adversity and those are things you can learn from."

The loss in the state championship game was made even worse by him being unable to play due to injury.

"Man...it hurt," said Taylor on not playing against Lowell. "I couldn't play due to a high ankle sprain. I wanted to help and I felt like I let my team down by not being out there. It was tough."

Now fully healthy, Taylor has had time to look at his college options. He committed to CMU late last summer and despite Butch Jones departure to Cincinnati, Taylor maintains he is still committed to the Chippewas.

"It didn't surprise me," said Taylor on his reaction to Jones leaving. "When I heard Brian Kelly left I pretty much figured he was going to go there. But my father told me when I committed to not do it because of the coaches, do it because of the school. And that's why I committed to CMU, I liked the school and football program."

Butch Jones was replaced by Dan Enos earlier this month and Taylor had his first opportunity to meet the new CMU head man on his official visit this weekend.

"I actually just got back from my visit today," said Taylor. "I was able to sit down and talk with Coach Enos and Coach (Terrance) Samuels (wide receivers coach). Coach Samuels seemed real serious and like a good teacher. He's a guy who could help me improve at the next level."

Taylor also had the opportunity to meet a few potential future teammates in Fradi and Wirth.

"Nores, man he's a character," laughed Taylor. "Joe is a little more laid back like me."

While his visit to CMU reinforced his commitment, Taylor reported that Akron has been after him hard as well.

"I'm committed to CMU, that's my status right now. I might take a visit to Akron, but I don't know yet" added Taylor. "I'd say there is about an 80-90% chance I end up at CMU."

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