Marian Central's Taylor picks NIU

Marian Central Catholic offensive lineman Scott Taylor has committed to Northern Illinois.

Taylor, who is 6-3 and 280 pounds, also considered Bowling Green and Toledo. He is ranked the No. 24 offensive guard in the Class of 2012 by ESPN Recruiting.

“It’s just the right fit for me,” Taylor said on Monday. “It’s about 45 minutes down the road from my house. My mom graduated from NIU. Former players from our conference went there.

“I think [Northern Illinois first-year] coach [Dave] Doeren is a great coach. I think we’ll continue winning up there. I’m looking forward to it. I’m extremely excited about it. I think NIU could be a killer team.”

Taylor plays offensive tackle for Marian Central, but he expected to be a guard or center at Northern Illinois.

Northern Illinois now has five Class of 2012 commitments.