A.J. Taylor of Kansas City’s Rockhurst High School has a reputation throughout the Midlands as one of the region’s best in big-game situations.
As a junior, Taylor, the second-ranked player in Missouri, had more than 1,600 all-purpose yards, scored 16 touchdowns, played running back, cornerback, receiver and returner and helped Rockhurst finish second in Missouri’s Class 6. So when it came time to make a college commitment this past weekend, it was no surprise Taylor was game.
Using a large personalized Monopoly game board, appropriately called “Collegeopoly: A.J. Taylor Edition,” the three-star athlete announced he was committing to Wisconsin. The game board came with all the bells and whistles of the real Monopoly, including schools that offered him scholarships in place of properties, chance cards and green houses and red hotels.
While making his announcement in front of friends, family and teammates, Taylor placed houses on several schools that were under consideration, such as Missouri and Northwestern. He then drew a chance card that said “advance to the college of your choosing” and he went on to place a hotel on the Wisconsin property to indicate he was selecting the Badgers.
Taylor said Monopoly was his favorite game growing up and he spent countless hours playing it with family, so he decided to incorporate it into his announcement. Taylor promises he didn’t collect the $200 when he passed ‘Go’ since that would be an NCAA violation.