Weis family key in St. Joe's Taylor landing at Marshall

As NewsCenter 16 first reported on Sunday, St. Joe all-time leading rusher will continue his football career next year at Marshall.

The owner of nine Indians records, Taylor made his official commitment Wednesday on National Signing Day.

But it was how Taylor got to Marshall that is most interesting.

Due to academics, Jordan was on the outside looking in on the Division I scene over the last few weeks. But a friend -- Charlie Weis, Jr. -- helped him out.

Charlie Jr. served as a manager/student assistant coach for the Indians this season. He got to know Taylor, who is regarded as one of St. Joe's nicest students, especially well.

Charlie turned to his dad, the head coach of the Irish, and put in a good word.

The elder Weis had great interest in Taylor himself, but Jordan's academics did not match up with Notre Dame's standards. But rather than end the relationship there, Weis went beyond the call of duty and began making calls on Jordan's behalf.

If it wasn't for the family, Jordan would likely not be playing for Marshall.

"I'm very thankful for them, me being able to know Charlie," Taylor said on Wednesday with a smile on his face.

"I always thought everything happens for a reason and I guess I was able to meet Charlie for a reason," Taylor explained. "He hooked me up with a lot of different people to help me out academically and knowing a lot of different information about the next level."

Jordan's coach, Kevin Downey, agrees that without Weis, things would be a lot different.

"I think without coach Weis' help and without his care, we would be in a real tough situation right now," Downey says. "Thank God we got help from him."

"Also we got help from Little Charlie," Downey said beaming with excitement. "He was like Jordan's biggest agent. He believed in Jordan. Little Charlie Weis was great too."

Because it involves a recruit from another school, Weis was not allowed to comment about the situation.

But because of him, Taylor will live his dream of playing Division I football at Marshall.

"I can't wait," Taylor explained. "Everything down there is Marshall."

"They support the football program win or lose. Everyone down there is so friendly. It's got a rich tradition and I'm real happy to be a part of that."

And make no mistake, Jordan is learning about that rich tradition. He has already watched the movie, "We Are Marshall" four times, including twice since committing on Sunday.

"When I was down there for my official visit, they talk a lot of about the tradition," Taylor explains. "They talk about and show the past and the plane crash."

"I feel honored to now go out and represent all those people and that program."

Taylor rushed for more than 4,000 yards in his career, including more than 2,200 in his senior season. He scored 25 touchdowns in 2007 and totaled 42 for his career.

Downey says what makes it really special that this opportunity has happened is that Jordan is a tremendous human being and deserves it.

"I think the thing that is going to carry him is his character and his work ethic," Downey explains. "He's matured all this year."

"I think he's ready and that's he's going to make a very big impact."

And for Jordan, it's all just surreal.

"It feels amazing. It's always been a big dream of mine to play Division I football and now I'm going to get the chance to do that."

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