Notre Dame Commit Ivan Taylor Is The Top One Percent Of People
Ivan Taylor, a 2025 Winter Garden (Fla.) West Orange elite safety, committed to Notre Dame on Friday. Ivan Taylor, the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers standout cornerback Ike Taylor, has been recruited by some of college football’s top institutions, and with good reason. The skill on the field is outstanding. But that isn’t what genuinely distinguishes Taylor as a football player. West Orange Geno Thompson believes he is the complete package. In reality, there aren’t many people like him. “Ivan is the top one perfect of people I have ever coached,” Thomas told Irish Breakdown. “We give our team helmet stickers, but it isn’t based on performance on the field.” It is founded on being a nice person.
What is the origin of that character? It’s simple, his family. His parents have raised a wonderful son. “Both of his parents have done a phenomenal job,” Coach Thompson remarked. “He is extremely humble.” You wouldn’t know he has 50+ offers if you talked to him. “Ivan camped at UCF and on his questionnaire, it asks how many offers you have,” he went on to say. “I believe he put down six teams.” The coach called me to confirm this. It’s simply so odd having a star player who doesn’t want the spotlight.”
Taylor is the epitome of doing the little things, especially when no one is looking. His work ethic is unrivaled. “He’s waking up at 4:30 every morning to workout with his dad and a bunch of other players,” he told reporters. “Ivan handles all of the minor details.” He is an excellent teammate. “I think he’ll end up being in the league one day,” Thompson continued. “Obviously, you can’t see into the future, but I’m almost certain.” He’s a junior who knows his way around the game. Everyone says they enjoy the game, but they don’t get up at 4:30 a.m. He’s just made a little differently.”
Taylor’s decision was not motivated by a desire for attention. He was looking for a good fit and wonderful individuals to help him attain his full potential. “I know Ivan was looking for a place where he would fit best,” Thompson explained. “I don’t think he particularly enjoys the recruiting process.” He’s not the type to like being courted. “Ivan has always said that the NFL will be able to find you no matter where you play,” Thompson said of his search for a coaching staff. “It’s been about the people and relationships for him to best grow.”
Notre Dame is clearly getting a quality football player. They are getting a leader, a wonderful colleague, and a part of the community. They’re also acquiring a lot of talent. “Ivan has the ability to play anywhere you need,” Thompson remarked. “He can play safety, nickel, and even cornerback.” That’s the type of athlete he is. His tackling ability is out of this world. That adaptability is priceless in defense.” Calling someone the “complete package” is an overused phrase. It’s ideal for new Notre Dame commit Ivan Taylor.
Every major recruiting platform rates Taylor as a consensus four-star. Both 247Sports (No. 35) and ESPN (No. 30) list him as a top 40 national recruit. Taylor is rated as a top five safety in the class by both of these publications. Some of college football’s top prospects have expressed interest in the 6-0, 170-pound safety. Taylor has had offers from a number of schools, including the Fighting Irish, Alabama, Michigan, USC, Penn State, Florida, Tennessee, Florida State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Pittsburgh. Taylor made his full impact on the defensive end in only nine games as a sophomore. He had 65 total tackles, five tackles for loss, half a sack, three interceptions, and eight pass breakups on the season.
Taylor has caused numerous turnovers as a junior. The talented defender has three interceptions and three forced fumbles in nine games. Taylor has also broken up another pass, in addition to 50 total tackles and six tackles for loss. His game is one of disruption.