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Minnesota Football Recruiting: Three-star RB Darius Taylor commits to the Gophers

The Gophers beat out Big Ten competition for this Michigan prospect

Remember recruiting? I would forgive you if you had forgotten. It’s been some time since P.J. Fleck and co. have received a verbal commitment, but I am pleased to report that the drought is over. Michigan running Darius Taylor has committed to play for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Get to know Darius Taylor

Height: 5’11”
Weight: 187

Power 5 Scholarship Offers: Boston College, Iowa, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan State, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin

247 Sports Composite Rating: N/A

Scouting Report

Taylor was a slot receiver before making the transition to running back as a junior, at which point he rushed for 1,379 yards and 24 touchdowns. He’ll need to gain more experience at the position, but he already hits the hole hard and possesses good strength and burst. Of course, Taylor has also managed to bring some of his qualities as a slot receiver to his new role, while bulking up to be better equipped to handle the workload of a running back. I can’t seem to find a 40 time for him as of this writing, so his speed is a question mark, but that does not take away from the physical tools we already know he has. This is a good get for Minnesota.

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