West Orange High football's Ivan Taylor flips college commitment from Notre Dame to Michigan

Taylor, a four-star defensive back who had been committed to the Irish since December, announced on his social media that he's flipped to the Wolverines.

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West Orange High defensive back Ivan Taylor, a four-star prospect and the ninth-ranked player in Florida for the class of 2025, has flipped his commitment to play his college ball from Notre Dame to the University of Michigan — according to a post on his X account

The son of two-time Super Bowl champion, Ike Taylor, announced his original commitment to Notre Dame in December, choosing the Irish over his other six finalists: FSU, Louisville, Tennessee, USC, Wisconsin, and of course, Michigan. 

The decision to flip his commitment to the national champions comes after not only the departure of Notre Dame safeties coach Chris O'Leary to the NFL but a few recent visits to Notre Dame, Michigan and Alabama. 

Taylor told the Observer in December that his relationship with O'Leary was a big part of his decision to commit the Notre Dame. 

“I picked Notre Dame because of the communication with the coaches, hands down,” he said in December. “It feels like every day, they text me or call. It’s like nonstop ever since I went to their Irish Invasion camp during the summer, and I played well. Since I went there, coach (Chris) O’Leary, the safeties coach, and I started off in a good spot. We talked a lot about things like what I can get back better at and really just little things like that. I think my experience with them really changed my opinion on the way I look at schools. (O’Leary) talks to me every day, and it’s not even always about football. I called him recently, and he was at the grocery store. … I think our relationship feels like the relationship I have with my coach now at West Orange (Geno Thompson). When it came down to making this decision, just seeing the bond I had with the coaches was the biggest factor.”

With this commitment, new Wolverines coach Sherrone Moore is building a stacked group for the Class of 2025 to keep national championships rolling to Ann Arbor. 



Sam Albuquerque

A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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