Known mostly for his play as a dual-threat quarterback, Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis athlete Reese Taylor has been receiving interest at the cornerback position on the recruiting trail.
Taylor made his way to South Bend on Saturday to prove his worth in hopes of earning an Irish offer.
During the skills competition portion of the camp, Taylor showed off elite speed during the 40-yard dash.
“My 40-yard dash, I just ran as fast as I could like I always do,” Taylor said. “I hope it was a great time like I usually run. They said I ran a low 4.4 or a high 4.3.”
The three-star enjoyed himself in South Bend and appreciated the detail that the Irish coaching staff went into regarding his technical skills.
“It was a good camp,” Taylor said. “There was a lot of great competition out there, everything was up to tempo. It was nice, good weather. It was just a good time for football.
“The coaches, they’re good coaches. They were helping me with my speed work and all that. They were helping me on the basic things, telling what I can work on. I don’t play a lot of defense at school but they were telling me about what could help, techniques and stuff.”
Seeing the campus, facilities and Golden Dome in person for the first time was a surreal experience.
“Everything I saw was nice,” Taylor said. “A lot of history to it, everything was nice to it. The gold helmets, they told me there was real gold in their helmets and I didn’t even believe them at first.”
With offers from Ball State, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue, Toledo and Wisconsin, an offer from the Irish would be a big deal to the 5-foot-10, 170-pound in-state talent.
“They will be one of the top schools if they offer,” Taylor said. “If they offer, they probably will jump up, but for now, we’re just going to see how things go. They’ll let me know in a couple days where things stand and how my evaluation went.”
This summer, Taylor has other visits on his agenda and possible a return trip to South Bend.
“I’ll probably be back up to visit soon,” Taylor said. “In the summer, I’m probably going to go visit Louisville.”
Taylor has also been hearing from Duke. He plans to see how his recruitment shapes up over the summer and doesn’t have a decision timeline.