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Defensive Tackle Elijah Taylor (OH) Verbally Commits to Notre Dame!

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Coach Brian Kelly and his staff completed the defensive line trifecta this week with the addition of a highly sought-after defensive tackle from Ohio.

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Coach Brian Kelly received his 12th verbal commitment for the 2015 class today from DT Elijah Taylor (Cincinnati, OH - Archbishop Moeller).  He is listed at 6'3"/285 lbs.

Taylor visited South Bend most recently in April.  He chose the Irish over offers from Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan State and Tennessee among others.

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Recruiting Service Rankings:

ESPN - 3 star (#28 DT, #13 OH), 79 Grade

Rivals - 3 star (#31 DT, #22 OH), 5.7 Grade

Scout - 4 star (#23 DT), #298 Overall

247Sports - 4 star (#19 DT, #12 OH), 90 Grade

247Sports Composite Score - 3 star (0.8898), #317 Overall (#22 DT, #15 OH)

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Highlights:

His hudl highlights can be viewed HERE.

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Impact:

Immediate Future:

Taylor is likely a player who can step in and add some depth on the interior of the defensive line immediately for the Irish, even if only for 8-10 snaps per game.  That being said, he may still ultimately take the year as a redshirt to develop and work on strength and conditioning, but having him available can only be a good thing for the staff.

Long Term/Career:

Taylor reminds me a bit of Sheldon Day, not only in his frame but a bit in his style as well.  His highlights show him as a very active player on the interior of the line with a non-stop motor.  He uses his hands very well for a prep player in engaging and then shedding blockers.  All told, he is an excellent addition to this recruiting class and will be a significant contributor through his career for the Irish.

Welcome to Notre Dame Elijah!