Taylor Hoffman is the first player from Oakland-Craig High School to join the NU program since the early 1980s. A consensus Class C-2 all-state pick by the Omaha World-Herald and Lincoln Journal Star, Hoffman walked on as a linebacker after recording 88 tackles, including 55 solo stops in 2011. Hoffman also contributed on offense at fullback, rushing for 717 yards and 14 touchdowns, while he averaged better than eight yards per carry. Hoffman helped Oakland-Craig reach the quarterfinals of the C-2 state playoffs while finishing with a 10-1 overall record. A state qualifier in wrestling and track and field, Hoffman chose to walk on at Nebraska over offers from South Dakota State and Wyoming.
Taylor is the son of Ken and Mary Hoffman, and was born on July 3, 1993.