Butler’s Decker headed to Notre Dame?

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Butler’s Taylor Decker

Michigan State hosted a number of outstanding prospects from the state
of Ohio at their junior day on Sunday, but unfortunately one top
Buckeye State lineman did not make it.


Michigan State hosted a number of outstanding prospects from the state of Ohio at their junior day on Sunday, but unfortunately one top Buckeye State lineman did not make it.

Offensive tackle Taylor Decker (Vandalia Butler) at one point had planned to be in East Lansing over the weekend, but decided to stay home on Sunday.

“I sent an e-mail to the recruiting coordinator and coach (Mark) Staten saying I wasn’t going to be able to make it,” Decker said.

The 6-foot-8 and 270-pound Decker is one of the top offensive linemen in the Buckeye State and a talented basketball player. His team lost in the state basketball tournament on Saturday and Decker stayed home the next day.

Heading into the weekend things began on a positive note for Decker as he received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame on Thursday. In addition to the Irish Decker, has offers from Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Boston College, Cincinnati and Ohio University.

At this point Notre Dame is at the top of Decker’s list, but he wants to visit some of the other schools that have offered before making a decision. He plans to visit Michigan March 19, Notre Dame March 23 and Wisconsin April 9. Decker will also visit Northwestern March 12 and an offer from the Wildcats is expected at that time.

“I could make up my mind after those visits,” Decker said. “So I’m not sure about visiting Michigan State.”

Kurelic’s Comment: I expect Decker to select a college sometime in April. I don’t think he visits Michigan State unless the Spartans offer a scholarship in the next couple weeks. If they do, I think Decker would consider visiting MSU. But in the end I think it will be tough for anyone to beat out the Irish for Decker’s services.

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