Decker ready to get started

With his commitment to Notre Dame a month behind him, Taylor Decker spent Saturday knowing he would soon be part of the Irish program on the field. Decker spoke about his spring game visit with the Irish. 4-star offensive tackle Taylor Decker may have his commitment out of the way, but that did not stop him from taking in the action at Notre Dame's annual Blue Gold Game on Saturday.

"We went up for the spring game and got back last night," Decker told Irish Eyes on Sunday afternoon. "It was just awesome. Just from a Notre Dame standpoint getting three new commitments was awesome."

For Taylor, getting a chance to visit as a committed member of the Notre Dame Class of 2012 was exciting.

"It was fun being there knowing you are already committed to play there. I did not expect people to already know me and have them asking me for autographs and saying hello and good luck. Just being there, I just love being at Notre Dame and taking in the atmosphere and seeing the team in a game situation once more."

While there to watch the Irish on the field, Taylor also had a chance to meet some of his future teammates.

"I got a chance to meet a lot of the guys. I spoke with Ron Darby and Nick Baratti a little bit and also got a chance to speak with Tee Shepard. Tee was saying how it was his first time down. I told them congratulations and introduced myself and told them I was also a commit so the next time we see each other we will know each other."

Another group of players Taylor spoke with was a couple of the guys in the Class of 2011.

"Coach Hinton introduced me to Nick Martin, Tony Springmann and Conor Hanratty. We talked for a few minutes and they all seemed to be really cool and I liked getting the chance to meet them. Everyone I spoke with was great and I do not feel I will have any problem fitting in there."

While it was good to meet some of his future teammates, it was the chance of watching those along the offensive line that impressed Taylor the most and had him looking forward to his future.

"It was great watching the guys along the offensive line. I have had a chance to meet a lot of them. Watching them and knowing how my body is now, I cannot wait until Coach Longo works with me once I get there. I know right now I am the same weight as many of them. I also know they are stronger and better than me now. Once I get there, I feel with my frame I will fit the mold perfectly."

Despite having visited campus before, Taylor still gets excited about his future.

"Every time I get a chance to go up there I get more and more excited about my future. It is almost hard to wait another year before I will have a chance to get started."

Irish Eyes will continue to follow Taylor in the coming months as he gets ready for his senior season and National Signing Day. Top Stories