Notre Dame Football: Irish Add More Depth to Already Stout D-Line With 3-Star Elijah Taylor

Irish Continue to Pad Depth On Defensive Line

6/16/14 in NCAAF   |   JonWitte   |   11 respect

This past Friday, Notre Dame added a new piece to its 2015 recruiting class with a verbal commitment from three-star defensive tackle Elijah Taylor out of Moeller High School in Cincinnati, OH. This is a big win for the Irish in so many ways. Blog Photo - Notre Dame Football: Irish Add More Depth to Already Stout D-Line With 3-Star Elijah Taylor

It’s a big win on the field because it beefs up the most important position on the defensive side of the ball. At 6-foot-3, Taylor has the height to be effective. His weight is a little low currently at 285 pounds, but once he puts some weight on, he will be the ideal size.

Furthermore, according to his high school coach, his numbers in the weight room prove he is college ready. He is putting up 405 pounds on the bench and over 600 pounds both squatting and deadlifting.

Perhaps more important than what Taylor’s commitment means on the football field is what it means off the football field. Notre Dame essentially snatched a recruit out of Ohio State’s backyard that the Buckeyes were going after. OSU was the other favorite on Taylor’s board and he was being recruited by Kerry Coombs, who was on Brian Kelly’s staff at Cincinnati and is a high school coaching legend from his time as a coach at Colerain High School.

The fact that the Irish were able to beat out Taylor’s home state power, who sent their local hero to snag him, speaks to the presence Notre Dame has developed in Cincinnati.
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