Arkansas went under the radar to add one more (final?) piece to its 2016 recruiting class on Thursday with the commitment of juco defensive end Michael Taylor.
I would like to announce that I will be Committing to The University Of Arkansas pic.twitter.com/QggtVgb9U8— Michael Taylor II (@Taylormic2) July 21, 2016
Taylor hasn’t been rated by the recruiting services, but according to his coach at Riverside Community College, Taylor was a full qualifier out of high school in Orlando, but ran track at a small school before transferring to Riverside to play football last fall. As a result, Taylor will have three years to play three instead of the normal JUCO setup with two years to play.
There were other schools interested in Taylor. He reports offers from Colorado, Wyoming, Utah State, New Mexico and others. He makes 23 commitments for the 2016 class. There’s apparently still a chance his enrollment could be delayed depending on some paperwork, but he’d then be able to enroll in 2017. However, the expectation is he’ll be on campus and part of the team this fall.
Arkansas isn’t particularly hurting for talent at defensive end, so it will be interesting to see what kind of role Taylor will fill this fall.