Katy (Texas) is almost always one of the top teams in the country and that is no different heading into the year as it is ranked No. 21 in the RivalsHigh Preseason Top 100. With three-star quarterback Brooks Haack at the helm the offense is in good shape. However, Haack is not the only weapon in Katy's backfield.
Junior running back Adam Taylor split carries with Illinois signee Donovonn Young a year ago but now the 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect will be the feature back for the Tigers. It is a role he feels he is prepared for.
"There's some pressure for sure but I think I'm ready for everything," Taylor said. "I've been training hard and I did a lot of strength and conditioning over the summer to get ready for the season."
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In addition to preparing for his junior campaign this offseason, Taylor has seen his recruitment take off as he has received half a dozen early offers. That was something he was not as prepared for.
"I have some offers," he said. "LSU, Colorado, Illinois, Northwestern, Arkansas and Baylor have offered me already. Four or five of them came in the spring and a couple of them came this summer.
"I was surprised when I got them because I was only a sophomore. I didn't think that would happen yet. My coach had told me they were interested in me but I didn't know they were going to offer me that early."
Taylor stayed busy over the summer and only had time to make a trip to one campus.
"I didn't make it to any camps but I made one visit this summer," he said. "I went to LSU for a visit. I saw the campus, the dorms and the facilities and everything. I also got a chance to meet with the coaches. I liked it a lot."
Though it is still very early in the process for the big back he does admit to having a childhood favorite. However, he is quick to point out that he plans to play out the process.
"I grew up loving Texas," Taylor said. "My coach told me they're showing interest but I'm just going to see how everything works out. I'm going to do what's best for me and my family. I am going to take my time and look at all the schools that recruit me."
Taylor was named the District 19-5A Newcomer of the Year in 2010 after rushing for 1,553 yards and 18 touchdowns for an average of almost 10 yards per carry.