New Wisconsin Badgers head coach Luke Fickell has been hard at work ever since taking the head coaching job. In addition to bringing in his own coaches, he has also gotten several recruits and transfer portal players to commit to Wisconsin. On Tuesday, three-star safety Justin Taylor announced on Twitter that he, too, has officially committed to Wisconsin.
— Justin "JT" Taylor. (@__justintaylor) December 21, 2022
What is very intriguing about Taylor committing to Wisconsin is that he was first recruited by Bobby April III and Jim Leonhard. The latter, of course, is stepping away from the Badgers after their bowl game on December 27. Taylor last visited Wisconsin on December 9 and was able to meet with the new coaching staff. He first visited Wisconsin back in June.
Justin Taylor Also Plays Wide Receiver
In addition to playing safety, Taylor also played wide receiver at Nazareth Academy in Illinois. This past season, he had 25 receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown. Taylor also received a few rushing opportunities on offense. In 2022, he rushed 29 times for 167 yards and four touchdowns.
*Note- All stats were provided by MaxPreps.
Wisconsin Was One of Several Schools Vying for Justin Taylor
In addition to the Wisconsin Badgers, Taylor also had interest from the following schools:
- Ole Miss
- Penn State
- Kansas State
Of these schools, Kansas State was the only other to offer a scholarship to Taylor (per on3.com).
Sports Illustrated had these schools listed as having offered a scholarship to Taylor:
- Air Force
- Ball State
- Bowling Green
- Colorado State
- Kansas State
- Kent State
- Miami (Ohio)
- Western Michigan