Johnathan Taylor returns to North Cobb High School Friday to be inducted in to the Class of 2013 Athletic Hall of Fame.
Oct. 18, 2013
ATHENS-----Former Georgia star outfielder Johnathan Taylor will be part of the Class of 2013 North Cobb High School Athletic Hall of Fame, the school announced recently.
Taylor will be among the three former Warrior student-athletes who will be recognized this Friday night in Kennesaw on the field prior to the North Cobb-McEachern football game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m., and GPB will televise the game.
Taylor, a 2008 graduate of North Cobb, was a two-sport standout for the Warriors, earning All-State honors in baseball and was part of a top-ranked football team. Criteria for selection to the NCHS Athletic Hall of Fame includes former student-athletes who have good character and through their actions have shown support for the ideals of NCHS and made contributions and achievements in athletics and academics.
Taylor signed a baseball scholarship with the University of Georgia and played three seasons plus served as a student assistant with the program last year.
A three-year Bulldog letterman, Taylor appeared in 117 games in his career including 91 starts in helping Georgia to a pair of NCAA Regionals. He posted a .312 career batting average and tallied 36 stolen bases. During a game in the 2011 season, he sustained a serious neck injury that ended his playing career. After going through neck surgery and the in-patient care program at the Shepherd Center, Taylor returned to UGA in January of 2012.
He was a 33rd round selection of the Texas Rangers in the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft but opted to complete his undergraduate degree at UGA. He received the Courage Award from the Tempe Sports Foundation in 2012 along with the 2013 UGA Inspiration Award.
A Consumer Economics major and member of the UGA Athletic Director's Honor Roll, the native of Acworth is slated to graduate from UGA in December.