Student Profile:
Taylor Mack, Senior
The Lovett School

Taylor Mack is a valuable member of the Lovett School student body, both on and off the football field.

For 11 years Taylor has spent a large majority of his time training and practicing for football along with participating in community-service organizations in his area.

Taylor’s intense desire to perform the best that he can has helped to strengthen the Lovett football team, which has qualified for the state playoffs.

Lovett’s head football coach Mike Muschamp says that Taylor has been blessed with a lot of ability that he has worked hard to enhance.

“Taylor is a great example of what you can do if you are willing to work hard and achieve your goals,” the coach said. “He has helped us make the Lovett football program stronger.”

And it’s true. Not only is he great at playing three positions — running back, cornerback and kick returner — but also in helping his teammates improve.

Taylor really enjoys being on the Lovett football team because of the several opportunities it has to offer.

“I love the camaraderie that the team has to offer,” he says, “and getting to be apart of a such big sport at Lovett.” He laughs and says, “Winning the games is also nice.”

One of the highlights of Taylor’s football career was this season when Lovett experienced the glory of beating then-top-ranked Buford and ending that team’s 30-game winning streak.

“Beating Buford this year was by far the best moment I have had,” Taylor says. “The team was so determined to win that we played better than we had in a long time-it was crazy.”

During Taylor’s high school career he has been recognized for his athletic talent. He has received The Pritch Morgan Best Back Award, the Coach Schuman Overall MVP of Atlanta Award, and first team all-Northside defensive back in 2008.

What’s Next:

Several colleges are aware of Taylor’s athletic ability and have already contacted him about scholarships. He has received offers from the University of Akron, University of Connecticut, Eastern Michigan University, Georgia Southern, University of South Alabama and Wofford. Other schools also considering him are University of Western Michigan, University of Kansas, Middle Tennessee State and Elon University.

Although he aspires to play football in college, he says, “I would also like to major in broadcast communications and finish getting my pilot’s license.”

Even though Taylor is busy with football and school work, he makes sure to find time to give back to his community. He is a member of an organization called Jack and Jill of America, Inc, the largest African American family organization in the U.S.

“I do service projects and other fun activities three times a month,” Taylor says. “It feels great to help out.” Taylor was rewarded for his good deeds by his church, Wilson United Methodist Church, which presented him with the Good Samaritan Award.

Taylor is open-minded about his future, but there’s no doubt that his well-roundedness will take him far.

–Mary Liz Cronk