Former Michigan commit Leonard Taylor has been looking forward to Notre Dame visit

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The recruiting process came with a learning curve for Leonard Taylor.

The junior from Springfield, Ohio, already has a premature commitment under his belt. Taylor committed to Michigan in April and dropped his pledge in August. He’s ready to start over with a clean slate.

“I just committed too early,” Taylor said.

Taylor, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end and tight end, will start his search for commitment No. 2 at Notre Dame this weekend. He’s been waiting for this visit since he was on campus in June for the Irish Invasion.

“The camp was really fun and people were telling me how good games were, so I just had to come up for one,” Taylor said.

The four-star recruit had a lot of positive things to say about his initial impressions of Notre Dame.

“I like the coaches a lot. I liked how the community was and the fan base,” Taylor said. “I like the players, and I like the offense and defense they run.”

Taylor has been paying attention to both sides of the ball because he’s not certain which position Notre Dame prefers him at. Notre Dame always seems to be looking for more defensive ends, but Taylor is projected as a talented tight end as well. 247Sports slates him as the No. 2 tight end in the 2018 class. Rivals ranks him sixth.

Taylor was one of many recruits who tuned in to watch Notre Dame’s opening game of the season against Texas.

“I was a little upset about that Texas game,” Taylor said of the 50-47 loss. “I was a little upset about that one.”

The visit to Notre Dame this weekend will be the first trip in what could be a busy fall for Taylor. He said he hopes to visit Michigan and Ohio State for a couple games and a couple more in SEC country.

This time, Taylor has plans to make a commitment in early winter. He’s not sure what he’s looking for yet, be he’s ready to find out.

“Whoever can get my attention the most — I feel like that’s going to be the No. 1 thing,” Taylor said. “I might be missing something. I don’t know yet.”

As he’s learned, it’s important to let everything play out. Taylor doesn’t want to have to make a third commitment.

“Take everything a little bit at a time,” Taylor said. “Don’t rush it.”

Four-star defensive end/tight end Leonard Taylor, a 2018 recruit, will visit Notre Dame for its game against Michigan State. (Photo courtesy of Student Sports)