It took one phone call to change Taylor Currie’s life.
Around 1 p.m. yesterday — the first day that college coaches could contact recruits in the class of 2019 — Currie received a call from Michigan coach John Beilein.
Beilein asked Currie what he liked about the Wolverines before telling Currie what he liked about him. Then he offered the 6’9” forward a scholarship.
With his dad by his side, Currie accepted on the spot.
“I was very excited,” Currie told UM Hoops. “It’s an opportunity that I’ve been working very hard for. It’s been my dream since I was a little kid to be able to play basketball at the University of Michigan, so it’s just a very humbling and exciting opportunity.
“Coach Beilein said he was very excited. He said that he couldn’t stop smiling. To me, in his tone, you could just tell he was very excited, very enthusiastic.”
Growing up in Ohio, Currie’s family instilled a ‘deep love’ for Michigan in him. He grew up watching and rooting for the Wolverines, and that fondness continued even as Currie’s recruitment began to take off. When considering his future in basketball, Currie always hoped he’d have the chance one day to play at Michigan.
He's been sporting these colors since birth & now he will wear them in college. Very honored & grateful that he will have this opportunity! pic.twitter.com/2OUNemT7lN
— Jason Currie (@J_Currie9) June 15, 2017
“I knew if I was offered to Michigan I would commit,” Currie said. “When your dream’s right there in front of you and what you worked so hard to accomplish is right there, you can’t say no. You can’t pass up that opportunity — especially at a school like Michigan.”
He made that clear to the coaching staff, as well.
“They know how much I love them as a coaching staff, how much I love the university, how much I love the way they play and how I feel like I fit in there,” Currie said. “They knew that if I got the opportunity that I would go to Michigan.”
With his recruiting process over, Currie says he’ll look to put on his recruiting hat — and he already has one fellow in-state player in mind.
“I know Michigan offered Rocket Watts yesterday,” Currie said. “Great player, he’s a great scorer. I know him just through the circuit and whatnot. I think he’d be great to bring over. We already have myself and Dave DeJulius for 2018 and 2019, and he’d be a great addition to that.”
Currie finished up his sophomore year of high school earlier today. He achieved his lifelong dream yesterday. Suffice to say, the last couple of days have been a whirlwind for Currie.
“It feels amazing,” Currie said. “I’m very excited, I’m very humbled, and I’m very blessed. I can’t say that enough.”