Raymone Taylor is listed at 5'-10" and 167 pounds. His size may not impress, but his heart and character will. As a cornerback, he is unafraid to go against any receiver who comes along. How does he want to be remembered?
"Lockdown cover corner, that's what I want to be named."
That shouldn't be a problem. For his size, he is one of the most dominant corners around. He will run his man out of bounds, knock him to the ground or otherwise disrupt his route the first five yards off the line of scrimmage.
At the recent 7 on 7 camp sponsored by Badger Sports/New Level Athletics in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Taylor held his ground with the best receivers the whole weekend. If they gained separation early, he had the closing speed to recover.
Taylor states the obvious when asked his best attributes as a cornerback.
"One on one coverage, that's my best thing. That's what I want to do in college. Also my change of directions and speed."
An upcoming senior at Highland Park High School in Michigan, Taylor has developed a relationship with Illinois assistant coach Keith Gilmore. As a result, he is expected to attend the Illini Spring Game this weekend.
Besides Illinois, he has scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Indiana and Toledo. That number is certain to rise once teams watch his highlight video or see him in camps.
Taylor knows what he is looking for in a college.
"Education comes first, then football. I want to major in business, so they have to have a good business program. And I'm looking for a home. I feel like I fit in at Highland Park, so I'm looking for the same thing in a college."
Taylor scheduled an unofficial visit for Indiana in April. As for summer camps, he will make as many as he can.
"Probably Michigan and Michigan State. I want to make it to all of them. I'll try to."
Taylor plays with a group of Michigan athletes who call themselves Detroit Elite and attended the Ann Arbor camp together. Speaking at the beginning of the camp, Taylor described the group and their aspirations.
"We're trying to be the best team here and go down to the National Tournament and win it all. The same group stays together. We go to the same hotel together and work out together."
That togetherness paid off as Detroit Elite upset a group that included superstars Lawrence Thomas, DeAnthony Arnett and Taiwan Jones on their way to second place and a trip to the nationals. They lost the championship game by one point on the last play of the game.
Taylor made a number of receivers question their choice of sports that weekend. He is likely to continue that dominance at the college level.