Ben Davis athlete Reese Taylor commits to Indiana

With a few more inches on his frame, there likely wouldn’t be any question about which position Reese Taylor will play in college.

“If he was 6-foot-3, we wouldn’t be talking about where he’d be playing,” Ben Davis coach Mike Kirschner said. “He’d be a quarterback.”

But Taylor is 5-11, and despite excellent athleticism and a good arm, none of the Power 5 programs who recruited the Ben Davis standout projected him under center at the next level. Count Indiana among them.

The Hoosiers, and several others, like his potential as a cornerback — and that may just be where he begins his college career when he joins Indiana’s program next year.

IU landed the coveted three-star athlete on Wednesday, landing a verbal commitment from Taylor after a recruiting battle against the likes of Wisconsin and Iowa.

Taylor is considered the No. 9 overall player in Indiana, according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings. Meanwhile, ranks him as the top athlete in the state. He had additional offers from Minnesota and Purdue, among others.

“They basically recruited him as an athlete and then would make the decision as a staff of where they think he could best help them,” Kirschner said. “They didn’t recruit him as a quarterback. Nobody really was, although I think he’s a perfect Wildcat quarterback. That’s what I think. He can throw a ball as well as anybody I’ve been around, and I’ve been doing it a long time. He runs the ball extremely well. They didn’t recruit him for that. They’ll try to figure out where he fits best for them.”

As a junior last fall, the 5-foot-10, 155-pound recruit passed for 2,730 yards and 24 touchdowns, and rushed for 961 yards and 23 scores. According to Scout, Taylor has been clocked at 4.36 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

“If you haven’t seen him play, you’re missing a treat,” Kirschner said. “He’s just dynamic. He makes plays with his feet. He makes plays with his arm. The thing that probably is overlooked is he’s a very intelligent football player. He understands our concepts, our schemes as well as anybody I’ve been around, and we’ve had some good ones.”

After Indiana offered in January, Taylor took two visits to Bloomington. He also visited Iowa and Wisconsin before making his decision and announcing it in a message posted to his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.

Although Taylor has built his recruiting profile on the offensive side of the ball, he also has experience in the secondary. Ben Davis is a one-platoon program, so Taylor doesn’t play both ways in sanctioned high school action.

But he still finds time for trying out his skill set in the defensive backfield during the offseason.

“When he plays on his 7-on-7 travel team in the spring and summer, he plays defense a lot,” Kirschner said. “It’s not like it’s something he doesn’t do. He likes doing it. He’s always seen himself as a DB.”

Taylor is the third player to commit to Indiana’s 2018 class since Sunday, and the 14th player overall. Indiana also took verbal commitments from linebacker Micah McFadden on Sunday and cornerback Jaylin Williams on Tuesday.


  1. He simply has too much to offer not to be looked at for some type of offensive scheme play making. Shut down CB’s are prizes to showcase but so are scatbacks whether in the backfield, slot or ST returners.

  2. Everyday we keep racking up new commits. Each of them solid.

    Perhaps this might cut down on the bed-wetting about how we’re “ranked” in the B1G for recruiting. There’s a lot of time left until signing day. Let’s judge the class after all the players are signed and officially committed.

  3. Theyre already goin to a more dual threat qb so theres no point in puttin a package in for next year u only do that when you have pocket qb and Lagow wont be there next yr

  4. Another good commit, and it’s good to see that we beat out some powerful Big Ten programs for a top-ten in-state talent. Maybe he’ll grow another inch or two (I grew two inches after I graduated from HS), but it sounds as if he’s simply not going to be given a chance to play quarterback. That’s O.K., cause if he’s as talented as he appears to be, he’ll contribute at some position.

  5. It’s funny, but the attached highlight video was nothing but him scrambling. I’d like to have seen him throw a few passes.

  6. This is another very good pickup for the 2018 class. Overall this class will probably be one of the better ranked classes for IU. As far as rankings going does anyone think Alabama is worried about being ranked behind IU right now?

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