TE Jayme Taylor chooses Northwestern

Northwestern plucked another player out of the Lone Star State to pick up its 12th commit, and first tight end commit, of the 2013 recruiting class on Thursday.

Tight end Jayme Taylor (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) has verbally committed to the Wildcats. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound athlete chose Northwestern over offers from California, Wake Forest, Texas State and Air Force.

“I took an unofficial there about a week and a half ago,” Taylor said. “The coaching staff was awesome, and the campus was beautiful. I liked everything about it.”

Taylor was recruited by linebackers coach Randy Bates and had a chance to speak with tight ends coach Bob Heffner on his visit. Taylor had 16 catches for 223 yards and a touchdown last season, helping The Woodlands advance to the Texas Class 5A Division I state quarterfinals.

In addition to playing in the Big Ten Conference as a flex tight end, Taylor said he’s looking forward to attending a school with a rich academic history.

“With Northwestern, they excel in both academics and football,” said Taylor, who ranks in the top 12 percent of his class academically. “I stayed with some of the team when I was there. I can really see myself hanging with kids like that.”

Taylor became the third Texan to commit to Northwestern, joining three-star offensive guard Brad North (Allen, Texas/Allen) and three-star wide receiver Macan Wilson (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid).