Ever since Urban Meyer took over the Ohio State job in November, he has been a nuisance to Notre Dame. Meyer picked off two coaches from the Irish staff earlier this week and he has been trying to poach a couple of commits in Notre Dame’s recruiting class.
One of those has been Taylor Decker, an offensive lineman prospect Butler High School in Vandalia, Ohio. Decker was one of the first Irish commits in this class announcing Notre Dame as his school of choice back in March of last year, two days after Tee Shepard said he was going to play football at the university.
Talk in recent days has said that Decker was swaying on his commitment with Meyer showing a renewed interest and Tim Hinton and Ed Warinner both expected to head to OSU. Both coaches were recruiting Decker while they were at South Bend.
On Thursday though, Decker locked in on his commitment to playing football in South Bend over the next four seasons.
Losing a commit at this time just about a month out of National Signing Day would have been a tough pill to swallow for Brian Kelly and his staff, especially if it meant Decker going to Ohio State. That won’t be the case however and Decker will be at least the third offensive lineman that the Irish will be adding to the roster come September. ND is still in on a couple of o-line prospects in this class.
Decker has all the makings of being a cornerstone left tackle in the coming future. At 6’8, he is still growing and adding the necessary weight to be a college caliber tackle. Zach Martin is heading into his final season at left tackle and with some uncertainty on the right because of Taylor Dever graduating, Decker might play early on in his career.