Almost a Hawkeye
LB Mike Taylor
LB Mike Taylor
B.N. Recruiting
Posted Sep 23, 2007
Chris Pool


One of the Badgers unofficial visitors yesterday was Green Bay linebacker Mike Taylor. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from Green Bay (Wis.) Ashwaubenon is verbally committed to Wisconsin which is just fine by him but he thought there was a time this past spring that he’d be standing on a different sideline.

“My first scholarship offer was from North Dakota State,” Michael Taylor told Badger Nation. “I really wasn’t being recruited very hard at that point so I thought North Dakota State was going to be my school and I was fine with that.

“I was getting a lot of letters from all the bigger schools and Wisconsin wanted me to camp but I really didn’t know what would happen or what to expect with offers.

Iowa got a hold on my junior highlight tape and the next thing I knew, I received a call from one of their assistant coaches (Lester Erg) and they offered me a scholarship. So after that I was really excited and I thought to myself that I would be Hawkeye.

“I grew up a huge Wisconsin fan. I’ve lived here my whole life and I’ve always wanted to be a Badger but they didn’t offer and Iowa did. I think Iowa offered a little bit before I went to Wisconsin’s camp.

“When I camped at Wisconsin, I thought I did well but I didn’t get an offer until about a week after camp and I committed right away.

"I’m living a dream. Coach Bosted is recruiting me and we get along great. I really like all the coaches at Wisconsin. The campus, facilities and atmosphere are as good as it gets.” Taylor was moved up the varsity as a sophomore where he learned the ropes from his older brother.

“I didn’t know what to expect when I was moved up the varsity,” Taylor said. “My older brother made things a little easier and I already knew a lot of the guys.

"I just kept working hard and was eventually put in the starting line-up at outside linebacker.

“My junior year, I moved to middle linebacker so I could make plays in the box an also from sideline-to-sideline. It was an adjustment.

"Playing middle is a lot different than being on the outside but I adjusted well and just wanted to help the team as much as I could so I didn’t care where the coaches played me.”

Taylor was named all-state in 2006 by several media outlets after he racked up 100 plus tackles, two sacks and two interceptions. He also had five picks as a sophomore. Taylor was also named Player-of-the-Year in Green Bay after his junior year.



Related Stories
Taylor Comments on Official Visit
 -by BadgerNation.com  Dec 11, 2007
Badger Verbal Commitment - Senior Video
 -by BadgerNation.com  Dec 13, 2007
Badger Nation Video
 -by BadgerNation.com  Dec 17, 2007

MAGAZINE COVERAGE
Get the 2014 Recruiting Yearbook and a full year of Badger Nation Magazine with an Annual Total Access Pass.
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from BadgerNation.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
LB Mike Taylor (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Football > Wisconsin > Recruiting
[View My HotList]