Taylor Decker grew up in the Dayton area (Vandalia) and dreamed of playing for the Buckeyes. Decker was considered one of the state's top offensive line prospects, but was never seriously recruited by then-Ohio State offensive line coach/coordinator Jim Bollman.
Thanks in part to the lack of love, Decker committed to Brian Kelly's Notre Dame in 2011.
As we know, Decker didn't play a down for the Irish. After Urban Meyer's 2011 anointment at Ohio State, he poached Notre Dame offensive line coach Ed Warinner to fill the same role in Columbus. The hulking four-star tackle wasn't too far behind in the switch, either.
Decker is now an All-American candidate and a future first round NFL pick. Jim Bollman is coaching tight ends in East Lansing, but Decker still remembers. Here's Decker after a reporter noted Decker will make his final start in Ohio Stadium Saturday against a Bollman-coached team, a scenario Decker hadn't previously weighed:
Taylor Decker wasn't an OSU target til Meyer came. Prior regime incl. MSU TE coach Bollman: "He didn't want me either. So hopefully we win."— Eric Seger (@EricSeger33) November 16, 2015
The good news for Decker is Bollman will be in a prime seat to witness his wrongness.
Decker later took to Twitter to clarify that he's not using this chip as motivation against Michigan State: