"Notre Dame was the first place I had gone to visit for a game and I did not know what to expect. It was the Michigan game, and that was a great game to attend. Getting a chance to go on the field and seeing all those players, knowing you might get a chance to be part of that someday was awesome. "
One thing that still stands out to Decker was the difference in the campus.
"The Notre Dame campus is unlike any I have been to so far. Most of the schools I have been to have campus in city environments. The campus at Notre Dame, I just love, and my dad tells me all the time that this is about getting a quality education. I know Notre Dame will give me that."
Decker reports a GPA of 3.8 and has made the choice football is his ticket to college athletics despite his basketball skills and 6-foot-8, 270-pound frame.
As for making a return to South Bend?
"I am planning right now on making a second trip to Notre Dame when they play Utah."
Irish Eyes will continue to follow Taylor Decker in the coming months.