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National Signing Day 2017: RB Jonathan Taylor signs with Wisconsin

Another talented New Jersey running back heads to Wisconsin.

Jonathan Taylor Student Sports

Class of 2017 RB Jonathan Taylor

Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
RB 5'11 215 Salem (N.J.) Three stars; No. 24 RB

Jonathan Taylor brings a big reputation to Wisconsin.

A high-school track star in New Jersey, he broke former Badger Corey Clement’s South Jersey rushing record this season while rushing for over 2,800 yards and 34 touchdowns.


247Sports (composite): Three stars; Grade: 0.8854; No. 375 player. No. 24 RB; No. 9 N.J.

247Sports: Four stars; Grade 91; No. 262 player; No. 18 RB; No. 7 in N.J.

ESPN: Three stars; Grade: 79; No. 41 RB; No. 71 Regional; No. 14 N.J.

Rivals: Four stars; No. 13 RB; No. 208 overall; No. 4 N.J.

Scout: Three stars; No. 61 RB in Nation; No. 1 RB in N.J.

Verbally committed on Nov. 11, 2016

Taylor was Wisconsin’s 15th commitment for 2017. He flipped to Wisconsin from Rutgers after visiting for the Ohio State game.

B5Q’s Andrew Rosin wrote in his article about Taylor committing:

The laser-timed 4.42-second 40-yard dash. Multiple state titles on the track. An ability to run with balance and power that allows him to break tackles and break away once he gets to the second level. He’s also been learning how to cut once and go, because when he goes, it always has the potential to be special.

Taylor held offers from Rutgers, Army, Boston College, Temple and Virginia Tech.

Video highlights


New Jersey state career rushing leader

USA Today first-team All-New Jersey

Won the 100-meter dash at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions in 2016 (10.61 100m)

Bio (courtesy of

High School: Four-star recruit by Rivals … three-star prospect by 247 Sports, ESPN and Scout … finished career with 4,642 rushing yards and 51 total touchdowns … first-team all-state as a senior … South Jersey Times Offensive Player of the Year … Big North Offensive Player of the Year … Mini Maxwell Award recipient … set New Jersey single-season record with 2,815 rushing yards as a senior … also broke South Jersey single-season record of 2,510 yards that was previously held by former Badgers’ running back Corey Clement … scored 35 rushing touchdowns as a senior … as a junior, rushed for 1,383 yards and 15 touchdowns, earning first-team all-conference and first-team All-Group 1 honors … second-team all-conference honoree as a sophomore, rushing for 500 yard and 5 TDs … two-year team captain … two-time team MVP … 2016 New Jersey Meet of Champions 100-meter dash winner in 10.61 seconds … set 100-meter best of 10.55 in winning sectional title … 2016 Track Athlete of the Year … part of Salem’s Group 1 championship entry in 4x100 relay that also qualified for 2016 Meet of Champions … honor roll student … International Baccalaureate candidate … coach was Montrey Wright