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Taylor has wide range of abilities

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CHANDLER, Ariz. - Kendyl Taylor caught passes, ran out of the backfield, hurdled a player for extra yards and was even used effectively from the Wildcat formation.
The three-star athlete from Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton did a little bit of everything - and did it all well - finishing with 133 rushing yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and he caught nine passes for 86 yards in a 44-14 victory over Chandler Basha on Thursday night.
Taylor, who committed to Washington in June, said he's comfortable at both positions and that the Huskies recruited him more at wide receiver. He's fine with that because he can make a difference wherever he is on the field.
"I've been a running back all through Pop Warner and then in high school I've played more wide receiver," Taylor said. "Either way, as long as I get the ball in my hands I'll do what I do.
"They recruited me as a receiver. They said they'll play me as a receiver. They kind of joke around and say Reggie Bush so we'll see about that. They said they're versatile on offense and they'll get me the ball."
Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Stanford and Washington State also offered Taylor but he said he's only taking an official visit to Washington on Nov. 5.
He's not looking at other schools and that's just one of the many things that make him so special. Chandler Hamilton coach Steve Belles cannot say enough about his star player.
"He's special," Belles said.
"Unfortunately, it's winding down so I better get the most out of him while I can. He's one of those rare kids that come along, never complains about touches or catches. He'll do whatever even blocking, he'll do that to the best of his ability. He's one of those kids I'll dearly miss when he leaves this place."
Rivals.com rates him No. 30 among athletes in the 2012 class and No. 10 in the Arizona state rankings but after his performance this past weekend Taylor is making an argument to move up in the rankings.
His versatility alone makes him a big-time prospect - and he loves that Washington can use him in multiple ways.
"I love the coaching staff there," he said.
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