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DT Taylor from Ohio commits to Notre Dame

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Fighting Irish now stand at a dozen verbals this cycle

Saturday, June 14, 2014 - 3:49 am

For the second straight day, the Buckeye State was kind to the Notre Dame football program.

Friday morning saw defensive lineman Elijah Taylor verbal to the Fighting Irish, choosing Coach Brian Kelly's program over Ohio State, Tennessee and Michigan State.

“I'm officially committed to the University of Notre Dame!” said Taylor on Twitter.

Defensive back Nick Coleman of Kettering, Ohio committed to the Fighting Irish on Thursday.

A 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle at Archbishop Moeller High School, one of the powerhouse programs in the Midwest and a defending state champion, Taylor is a battler in the trenches with the physical frame to put on more weight at the next level. He currently fits the mold of a space-eating run-stuffer more than a player who can cause havoc in the offensive backfield, especially with some footwork issues that will need worked out.

Taylor notched 68 tackles and six sacks in his junior season for Moeller. He is rated as a four-star prospect and the No. 23 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com, a national Internet recruiting service.

Rivals.com ranks Taylor as a three-star prospect and the No. 31 defensive tackle prospect overall this cycle.

Taylor picked up a Notre Dame offer last October and the Fighting Irish stayed in the lead pack for the lineman throughout the recruiting process. He joins defensive linemen Micah Dew-Treadway and Park Tudor High School's Brandon Tiassum as verbal commitments to the program in the Class of 2015.

Current available spots at the position are limited with three verbals on board, although Notre Dame is still in the mix with some of the best front-four defensive players in the country, including Byron Cowart of Florida and a pair of California prospects in Joseph Wicker and Keisean Lucier-Smith.

Notre Dame's recruiting class now stands at a dozen prospects and is rated No. 11 in the country by Rivals.com.