Riverdale Baptist DL Nahsir Taylor breaks down commitment to Maryland

Maryland has picked up their eleventh commitment in the 2025 class as Riverdale Baptist (MD) three-star defensive lineman Nahsir Taylor has announced his decision.

Taylor, who had Notre Dame and Pitt in his top group, committed on day one of his official visit at the beginning of June.

“The first day, that was when I knew. Before I went there, I knew it was home just based on the whole scheme. There’s probably stuff I haven’t learned, but I’ve been running Maryland’s defense my whole high school career. That played a big factor in me committing here.”

“The campus, I loved it. The coaches, they just made me feel at home and I know I won’t get that experience anywhere else. The whole tour, the dinner cruise — everything. I felt at home,” Taylor told IBG.

Assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim led the way while defensive GA David Brownlee was a big piece through the spring as Taylor had the Terps in his top group throughout. “We definitely clicked just based on the past. They’ve been recruiting me well and they did a hell of a job. They got me in.”

Taylor, who was hosted by Riverdale Baptist alum Donnell Brown, enjoyed a big reaction from head coach Mike Locksley after telling him the news. “The reaction was definitely amazing, trying to get me on board since I was a sophomore. He always thought I was going to go away. I told him what it was — let’s lock in and get ready to work.”

Taylor made the offseason transition from Rock Creek to Riverdale Baptist this offseason, following former head coach Andre Kates as he transitions into the Crusaders’ new defensive coordinator under former Broncos running back and current head coach Olandis Gary. Taylor has drawn buzz as one of the area’s top defensive linemen and showcased his quickness and agility as a 6-foot-3 interior defensive line. Taylor will team up with four-star and top Maryland target Cortez Harris as a senior with recent UConn verbal Axavier Bridges-Brooks in the secondary.

Nahsir Taylor is rated a three-star prospect and an 84 overall by On3, checking in as the 41st-best prospect in Maryland. He joins Bud Coombs, Iverson Howard, Justin DeVaughn, JT Taggart, Ben Beymer, Braheem Battles, Dante Recker, CJ Smith, Julien Horton and Jett White in Maryland’s class.

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