Redshirt freshman running back Kurt Taylor has decided to transfer from Michigan.
Listed at 5’8″, 195 lbs., Taylor had played some on special teams but had not played running back yet in his career. He had been passed by the obvious upperclassmen, but he had also been passed by walk-on Tru Wilson and true freshman Christian Turner. I gave Taylor a TTB Rating of 57 (LINK), so this development is on par with what I expected all along. The pathway to playing time at Michigan was going to be long and arduous. This should not affect Michigan on the field at all.
Taylor played at Covington (GA) Newton for most of his high school career, but he played his senior year at Loganville (GA) Grayson, a powerhouse program that has raised some eyebrows for its, er, alleged recruiting practices. Michigan currently has a commitment from 2019 Grayson product Trente Jones, an offensive tackle, so it may be something to watch to see if any bad blood might sour the relationship between Michigan and Grayson.
Taylor is the fifth player from the 2017 class to transfer (joining OT James Hudson, OG Ja’Raymond Hall, DT Deron Irving-Bey, LB Drew Singleton), and the sixth total to leave (DE Corey Malone-Hatcher took a medical scholarship).