The Irish need cornerbacks that are capable of defending the nation's top wide receivers in man coverage. Jamar Taylor (5-foot11, 180 pounds) is a physical corner that the Irish have been in contact with.
"I started hearing from Notre Dame around the end of February," Taylor responded when asked about his contact with the Irish. "I've gotten letters from them saying that they want me to come to their junior days. The linebacker coach, coach Polian called my coach and wanted me to call him. I called him and he told me that they were going to recruit me. He said that they were going to come down here in May. Since then I've just been text messaging him. I'm going to go their for their football camp in June.
"Coach Polian said that they have my highlight film and they're very interested in me. They want to get to know me more before they offer me a scholarship. He sends text messages asking me how things are going and asking me about my grades.
"I like Notre Dame" Taylor said. "They have a good head coach and a good football team. I know Charlie Weis coached in the NFL. I hear he's a good coach. I haven't really looked into things, because I've just been focusing on school. From what I hear it's a real good academic school.
Taylor doesn't have any scholarship offers at this time, but he is hearing from several top programs.
"I've talked to USC, San Diego State and Colorado State" Taylor explained. "I haven't really talked to any other coaches, but I'm getting letters from a lot of schools. I got invited to junior days at Cal, UNLV, Washington State, Boise State, and Oregon."
Taylor doesn't play many teams that throw the ball in his direction. He's a strong physical corner that is capable of shutting down an opponent's best receiver.
"I get to the ball. When it's in the air, I get between the ball and the receiver," Taylor said. "I'm not going to back down from anybody. I go hard on every play. I'm the type of corner that's in your face all the time. I'm more of a physical corner. I like to play in your face. I'm a team player and I do what my team needs me to do."
Although Northern Indiana is a long way from Southern California, Taylor would like to experience new things.
"It's a change," Taylor replied when asked about going to school far from home. "I've been around California all my life. Everybody says that's its cold [in South Bend], but I go snowboarding, so I'm not worried about the cold."
Last season Taylor recorded 65 tackles, three interceptions, one forced fumble and 3 fumble recoveries.