HOUSTON -- Jayme Taylor is a natural leader and is on his way to the Windy City to play college football for Northwestern University.
“You wanna play hard for these guys ‘cause how much they support you and how much they care about you,” Taylor said.
Taylor, a 6-foot 4-inch tall receiver, did just that for four stellar years with The Woodlands Highlanders.
“I’ve always been pretty dedicated with my teams. I love being on teams, the camaraderie, being with my teammates and friends. So really I just worked hard for the team, and luckily it worked out for me in the end,” Taylor, a recent graduate, said.
An asset both on the gridiron and on the basketball court, Taylor’s coaches said he not only excelled physically, but he made sure to keep his grades up and be a positive influence on teammates.
“He’s a coach’s dream. He certainly passes the eye test: great size, great athletic ability. But the things that also come along with that like his leadership ability, positive role model. Great student, he’s the complete package,” Mark Schmidt, Taylor’s football coach, said.
Taylor had to go through rehabilitation twice during his junior year for injuries to his arm.
“The bursa (sac) in my elbow was really swollen, so they had to take that out. And I tore a part of my triceps,” Taylor said.
Despite the injuries, Taylor kept at his dream of playing college ball.
“My dad’s all pumped that he gets to go watch some more games, and my mom’s always happy for me, always supporting me, so it’s gonna be a great experience,” he said.
“We’re very proud of him with all the success he’s had here at The Woodlands, and we’re excited to see him have that kind of success in the Big 10 Conference. And just to see him do well, is exciting for us,” Dale Reed, Taylor's basketball coach, said.
Taylor moved to the Houston area from Syracuse, so he’s no stranger to cold weather. He said he hopes to pursue a career in coaching after his time at Northwestern.