Signing Day Impact: Taylor Decker

Of all the recruits Urban Meyer landed at Ohio State, perhaps Taylor Decker is the biggest prize when you consider how needed offensive tackles are to the Buckeyes. Decker has faxed his letter of intent to Ohio State, and is set to begin his career.

Vadalia-Butler offensive tackle Taylor Decker has faxed his letter of intent to Ohio State, and the 6-foot-8, 300-pound, lineman is ready to begin his Buckeye career.

Decker will find the offensive tackle depth chart very favorable, and he should be in the two-deep from the day he arrives at Ohio State. Although a redshirt year might be ideal, Ohio State may not have that luxury.


College coaches love athletes at the offensive tackle spots, and the former basketball player is certainly that. Decker also plays with a mean streak on the field, another trademark of a great offensive line prospect.

"What puts him here is not just his frame or athleticism, but the strength and intensity he plays with. He was strong when he played at 260 and now that he's continuing to add bulk, he'll only get stronger. He plays mean in addition to that. Those are the types of things that stand out in addition to his physical tools." - Allen Trieu.


During his trip to Ohio State, Decker had a chance to really sit down and get to know new Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer along with other members of the Buckeyes staff.

For Decker, this one-on-one time went a long way in healing any difference he may have felt from not being offered by the previous staff.

"I've spoken to coach Meyer in the past," said Decker. "But this was the first time I really had a chance to sit down and get to know him. It would not be fair to hold it against coach Meyer or his staff for what happened with the previous staff.

"I grew up an Ohio State fan and when this all started Ohio State was one of my top three schools. I feel coach Meyer is going to do great things at Ohio State and get things back on track with the program. Having the opportunity to play for him is amazing."

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