Irish impress Wolverines commit

Four-star junior defensive end Leonard Taylor committed to Michigan in April but he’s keeping his options open. He visited Notre Dame on Saturday and left impressed with what he saw out of the Irish.

Four-star junior defensive end Leonard Taylor has a lot to think about after his overnight visit to Notre Dame on Saturday.

The 6-foot-6, 260-pounder from Springfield, Ohio committed to Michigan in April but understands how much things can change before National Signing Day in February 2018. That led him to visit South Bend.

“It went really well,” he said. “I enjoyed myself. I loved it up there. I'm still committed to Michigan but I'm still keeping my options open. Anything can happen these next two years.”

Taylor arrived on campus early Saturday afternoon and joined the other visiting defensive linemen on a campus tour.

“I got to see what Notre Dame was like and then I went to camp,” he said. “It was real nice. I liked how it was old fashioned and how it's like a little community.”

Taylor didn’t bring a helmet with him on the tour so he was limited to watching from the sidelines during the Irish Invasion.

That let him focus on how Irish defensive line coach Keith Gilmore interacted with the players.

“I like him a lot,” Taylor said. “He's a real good coach. He's nice and calm. He doesn't really yell or anything. He's a good coach. I like him.”

Taylor also learned a lot about Gilmore from a film session.

Notre Dame projects Taylor as a strong-side end or defensive tackle. He’s comfortable with either role.

As for what comes next, Taylor could be back in South Bend this fall. But that won’t be the only destination for the Michigan commit.

“I'm going to get out and visit some other schools,” he said. “I'm going to go visit some more Big Tens and go down a little bit more in the south.”

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