Catching Up with Taylor Decker: Committed

By Alex on February 3, 2012 at 10:00a
37 Comments
Decker looks good in Scarlet and GrayIt was a long road, but Decker is a Buckeye

It's funny how things can change in a matter of weeks, days, and even hours in the world of recruiting. One minute a recruit can be "solid" to a school he's been pledged to for months, the next minute he can pull the rug right out from under you and go a completely different direction.

Taylor Decker (6-8/315) was a young man who was not set on change. Despite growing up a Buckeye fan in the Dayton area and being highly regarded as one of the top tackles in the state, Decker was not offered a scholarship by Jim Bollman and the old regime, thus deciding to commit to Notre Dame in spring of 2011. Decker appeared to be all set on the Irish, even when Urban Meyer got hired at Ohio State, claiming there was a "very slim chance" he would flip his verbal pledge if the Bucks did offer.

Something funny then happened, as shortly after we spoke with Decker in late November, Urban Meyer hired Notre Dame assistants Tim Hinton and Ed Warinner. As recruiting coordinator at Notre Dame and an Ohioan, Hinton had a strong bond with Taylor, as did Warinner who was set to be his position coach in South Bend.

Hinton and Warinner joined Meyer's pursuit of Decker, resulting in an official visit which concluded with a verbal commitment, the 20th in the class of 2012. Getting a tackle was a big need as there were none in the class at the time, and together, Hinton, Warinner, and Meyer pulled the biggest win for Ohio State's recruiting efforts at that point.

We got the chance to sit down with Decker, now that he signed, sealed, and delivered, to discuss what went into his decision of switching from Notre Dame to Ohio State, how it feels to have this process complete, whether or not he will enroll early, and much more. Join us after the jump to catch up with the biggest member in the new group of Buckeyes, Taylor Decker.

Now that it is official, how does it feel to be a Buckeye?

It feels great to officially be a Buckeye. As I have said before, I grew up as a Buckeye, so I am excited for the opportunity ahead of me.

You were committed to Notre Dame for a long time, but switched to Ohio State a few weeks ago. What happened there that made you change your mind?

There are several reasons. To start, I grew up in Ohio and have always been an OSU fan, which, for apparent reasons, makes Ohio State an attractive school. Second and probably a pivotal reason that I switched would be the major I wish to pursue. Though Notre Dame is a great school, they do not offer exercise science. Next, Columbus is one hour away from my home which will allow for me to be closer to my family and hopefully be a role model for younger kids in my family. Finally, of course Coach Meyer and his staff are a motivating reason for my choice as well.

When did you call the Ohio State coaches? How did they react when you told them?

I called Ohio State's coaches about five days before I took my official visit to tell them I wanted to come to campus and to set things up. I committed to Coach Meyer on the last night of my visit with him. The coaches all reacted very excited when I gave them the good news, which was awesome for me to see.

How did Coach Kelly and Notre Dame take the news?

Notre Dame took the news well overall. After my explanation of why I was making the decision, they understood to some degree.

How big of a factor did Coach Warinner and Coach Hinton going to OSU from Notre Dame play in you switching to Ohio State?

They did play a factor, because I was familiar with them and I believe that they think I can fit in well along with Coach Meyer and the rest of the staff.

Rumor has it you are set to enroll early. Do you think you'll be able to make it for spring quarter? What do you still have to do to be able to enroll for spring practice?

I am still working out some kinks on that right now. When I know for sure I can tell more.

Do you know what you will major in yet? Who will your roommate be? What number will you wear and what position (LT or RT) will you play at OSU?

I want to major in exercise science. I do not know anything about my roommate(s) just yet. I would like to wear 68 if possible. I will play wherever the staff wants me to. I would like to play left tackle, but will play wherever I can to get on the field.

What are your strengths on the field? What do you need to work on before next season?

 I think I play with some anger and aggressiveness and move my feet well. Before next season I need to work on hand placement, kick steps, staying low off the ball, and continuing to improve all around.

Tell us about Taylor Decker off the field. What do you like to do besides play football?

Just like most kids my age, I love video games. I really like spending time with my girlfriend, we goof around a lot. Then I like hanging out with my friends, most of which I have known my whole life. I really do a little of everything.

If you can say something to Buckeye Nation, what would it be?

If I can say something, I would say they are amazing fans that they have embraced me right away. I also want to let them know that I am working hard every day to become a better player.

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bassplayer7770's picture

Good kid.  Happy to have him on board.

neyvit's picture

Love this kid.

(Btw Alex - committed to ND in Spring 2011*)

Alex's picture

you are right...got my years messed up!

Squirrel Master's picture

uh, he verballed to Notre Dame in the Spring of 2011! Spring of 2012 has not happened yet!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Alex's picture

I get it...it's fixed...does that really de-value the article that much to you? :)

Squirrel Master's picture

lol. nope. I love what this kid is bringing. He is going to be a difference maker and hopefully we can get more than 3 seconds for Braxton to throw.

sorry, I should have added that before and I don't know WTH i did that. Hate it when people correct me. I was possessed!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Alex's picture

just messing....thanks for pointing that out...we DO want to be 100% correct in our stories

Squirrel Master's picture

yeah but you don't need us being dicks about it! lol

you rock bro!

 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Maestro's picture

dick

vacuuming sucks

Squirrel Master's picture

I resemble that remark! lol

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

warriordan's picture

Welcome Home, Taylor!

osubucks10's picture

Kid is an absolute beast.  Only watched the first 2 mins and counted at least 10 pancakes.

 

What kind of kinks are we talking?  Grades? Test Scores?

Poe McKnoe's picture

Could just be classes he needs to finish.

Nutbuck1959's picture

Could be a required class that he needs to take.  Might be able to take online, etc.

Poe McKnoe's picture

It's nice to have a kid that can play tackle.

Haters Gonna Hate's picture

"will play wherever I can to get on the field." Absolutely love that attitude. Looking forward to watching him play in the Scarlet & Gray.

"Because I couldn't go for three" - Woody

klfeck's picture

Anyone ever figuure out if JB Shuttgarts was the most penalized OSU offensive lineman of all time?

Kevin
OH!!!!!
Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

Maestro's picture

Decker, Dodson.........Diggs to replace Diamond in the Deeez Nuts crew.

vacuuming sucks

DEEZnutz25's picture

well said maestro...well said

BillyBucksFan's picture

I think the biggest thing with Decker is the fact he played basketball up until this year his Senior season. I would say he has a huge up side in terms of growth physically and strength wise. Those pancakes are legit. It is agains GWOC competion. GWOC has schools like, Piqua, Troy, Trotwood, Northmont, Wayne, Centerville, Springboro, Beavercreek, Xenia,  just to name a few.

 

 

"Boobie twistin Moochicken fans since 1976"

BuckeyeInNYC's picture

First time i've seen that tape.  Holy Batman this kid is fierce.

DMcDougal24's picture

^ Ditto. It's amazing how quick he is off the ball and just how much he drives back multiple defenders.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Welcome home and to the Buckeye Nation!!! Keep up the agressive and angry attitude while playing, especially while steamrolling players for Ann Arbor Community College and Wisconsin (now added to my hated list as long as baby Bret is coach)

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

The Vest-er's picture

And why didn't the walrus offer this kid?

Fundamentals are a crutch for the talentless.

bassplayer7770's picture

He wasn't big and fat strong...

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Let the name Jim Bollman be strickened from the record and never uttered again on this site!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

ih8rolltyde's picture

exactly. 6'8 monster with good feet, in your own backyard, AND he has always been a Buckeye fan?!?!?!?!?!?

Jim Bollman was just awful; I hope I never think about him again.

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT

fansince1968's picture

He's impressive...6' 8"...wow.

djidell's picture

Thanks Alex!  You said on National Signing Day that we had 50% chance on Neal and 40% chance on Diggs.  Do you think that number on Diggs has changed over the past couple of days?

 

Alex's picture

Yes I would say it's 1% on Neal (our choice) and a bit higher on Diggs...if I had to say it, maybe 60% and that's me being conservative because I know the kid is a game-player

SPreston2001's picture

Man this kid is a flat out beast!! I look forward to seeing him pancake his way through the B1G! Welcome aboard Decker!!

Bam_Childress's picture

News About Diggs:

"I'm hearing he's leading heavily towards Urban Meyer and Ohio State."

http://cleveland.sbnation.com/ohio-st-buckeyes/2012/2/3/2768487/stefon-d...

Not gonna get my hopes up though.

5 ft 9 in - 185 lbs - ALL HEART

SPreston2001's picture

Whats up Bam!! Thanks for the link!

B1G 10 Buckeye Stuck in SEC Country's picture

As long as he can count I'm happy

" Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." - John Wayne 

Muss_15's picture

I hope he gets #68.  It's a great reminder as to how tall he is.

Buckman's picture

Fast forward to 9:30. Nasty

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.

JACK TATUM

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

68 huh, better make Jim Stillwagon proud. He was a kid until he put that jersey on, now he's a man.  Excited to see Bam Childress on here. 

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.