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National Signing Day 2016: ATH A.J. Taylor signs with Wisconsin

For National Signing Day we are profiling each recruit that signs with Wisconsin, including ATH A.J. Taylor from Kansas City, Mo. Stay tuned to B5Q all week for more coverage of Wisconsin football's 2016 class.

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
Class Position Height Weight
2016 ATH
5'11
190 lbs.
School Composite Ranking
Rockhurst (Mo.)
3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit No. 14 ATH

A.J. Taylor brings to Wisconsin a ton of potential and a unique skill set. Playing running back for Rockhurst, Taylor appears to be starting his Badgers career as a wide receiver -- though he shined in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in January in the offensive backfield, earning praise from multiple recruiting services. Scout.com's Greg Biggins glowed about Taylor's week, saying:

"Wisconsin commit A.J. Taylor was the best running back, by far. He's actually going to play receiver in college, but he ran the ball. He's got a great frame, a great burst, really quick. He makes people miss, he has top-end speed. He was the total package. I liked him a lot."

Rankings

Rivals: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit Grade: 5.9; No. 7 ATH, No. 137 player overall; No. 1 player in Missouri

ESPN: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit; Grade: 79; No. 32 ATH; No. 85 Regional; No.4 Missouri

247: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit; Grade: 92; No. 11 ATH; No. 1 Missouri

Scout: 3-star recruit3-star recruit3-star recruit; No. 31 ATH; No. 1 Missouri ATH

Verbally committed August 1, 2015

Taylor was Wisconsin's 16th commit for 2015 when he committed in a very unique fashion before his senior high school season. Taylor's family created a "Collegeopoly" board -- in the spirit of the board game Monopoly and apparently a family favorite -- to show where he would spend his college career.

Taylor held offers from Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern, Iowa and Louisville, among other Power 5 programs.

Video highlights

Honors

Senior: Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl participant; Missouri Media Rankings first-team all-state