Jonathan Taylor, a three-star running back out of New Jersey, has committed to the Wisconsin Badgers.
Taylor, who stars for Salem High School, had been committed to his home-state Rutgers Scarlet Knights until October 29, when he decommitted. Instead of the Big Ten East, he will be heading t Big Ten West power Wisconsin.
Taylor explained his decision, which comes a few weeks after an October 15 visit to Madison, to 247Sports.
"Wisconsin feeds the ball to their running backs," Taylor said. "They highlight their running backs. Their run game opens their pass game. They are looking for tough guys. They run downhill a lot and I enjoy running downhill. They run that pro-style offense."
Wisconsin has certainly built a reputation for utilizing its running backs over the last decade or so. This season, Wisconsin has run the ball 347 times—compared to 215 pass attempts—with Corey Clement racking up 699 yards and six touchdowns. Dare Ogunbowale has 338 yards and two touchdowns for the Badgers. Jonathan Taylor has 1,520 yards and 18 touchdowns in seven games for Salem.
He is ranked No. 12 in the state of New Jersey in the class of 2017.
Wisconsin now has 15 players committed. Taylor is the lone running back currently in UW's class.
The Badgers' group ranks 40th in the nation and 10th in the Big Ten, per 247Sports' rankings.