Versatile Illinois prep defensive prospect commits to Bison football program

Lemont (Ill.) High School's Noah Taylor has verbally committed to North Dakota State for football.

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FARGO — North Dakota State landed Lemont (Ill.) High School’s Noah Taylor, a defensive prospect with position versatility.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Taylor verbally committed to NDSU for football Monday, July 4, and projects to play either safety or linebacker for the Bison, he said.

NDSU offered Taylor a couple days ago after he attended a three-day camp in Fargo.

“I absolutely loved it there,” Taylor said. “I was able to stay on campus so I experienced all of it. All the coaches were very cool with me. … I’m excited to be a Bison and join the community.”

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Taylor had multiple NCAA Division I offers, including South Dakota State, Illinois State, Southern Illinois, Indiana State and St. Thomas. He is the 13th known commitment for NDSU’s 2023 recruiting class.


“I really love their defense,” said Taylor, who also plays baseball and plans to participate in track for Lemont. “I didn’t want to miss this opportunity that I had so I accepted it as soon as I could.”

Taylor has been a defensive starter for Lemont since his sophomore year. The rising senior also plays running back.

“Football has always been a top priority since I was a little kid,” Taylor said. “I fell in love with the sport and then I realized that I could keep leveling up my gameplay until I found a Division I school.”

Taylor said he developed into a more of a defensive player once he started playing high school football. This fall, he is projected to play safety and outside linebacker for Lemont.

“I ended up falling in love with that,” Taylor said. “I love hitting people, coming down and hitting people as hard as I can.”

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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