Lance Taylor was hired to be the running back coach this offseason after leaving Stanford. Taylor was brought in with some excitement as well known recruiter and having two Heisman finalists at running back the last few seasons. Now Lance Taylor is with a new team but working towards similar results.
The Recruiting Trial
Notre Dame has struggled recruiting the high profile skill position players in recent years. They have found production but it typically came behind great offensive lines and took years to develop. But Taylor has already started to make some noise and buck the trend.
Chris Tyree is the number one all-purpose back in the country and a top 30 player overall according to 247 Sports. Tyree is a five star running back out of Virginia that is heavily favored to go to Notre Dame. Tyree is being recruited by both Chip Long and Lance Taylor and they have had an impact on the high school star.
Landing Tyree would be a major get for Notre Dame and help them finally land that five star player they keep missing out on. But Tyree isn’t the only one. Tirek Murphy is another talented four star running back that is also projected to sign with Notre Dame.
These two would be quite the duo and are two top running back targets for the Fighting Irish. While Notre Dame has been putting together an impressive 2020 class as a whole, Lance Taylor deserves some major credit. While they haven’t signed yet, Taylor is making some noise on the recruiting trail. Picking up right where he left out at Stanford is a great sign moving forward.
On the Field
Taylor was signed in the offseason so we haven’t seen any game action yet. But all reports say he is a highly intelligent and active coach. He also has an impressive record with the previously mentioned Heisman runner ups. Now he gets to work with Jafar Armstrong and Tony Jones running behind a talented offensive line. Armstrong is a similar mold to Mccaffrey as a multi-purpose back. Armstrong isn’t on the same level but he is still learning the position after the move from receiver.
Looking at the Spring game shows that Armstrong is falling right in line with a Coach Taylor running back. Armstrong had 85 yards rushing and 71 yards on four receptions. Again, I don’t put much weight into Spring games but to see a great performance never hurts. We won’t know for certain how this will translate when the season starts, but it has looked promising in limited action. This is also the type of play and production that could help tempt recruits to wear the blue and gold. Coach Taylor still has to prove his worth heading into his first season at Notre Dame, but all signs are pointing positive.
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