MASON CITY, IA - Newman Catholic's Doug Taylor has committed to the University of Iowa to continue playing baseball.
In an online post, the high school freshman said in part, "I would like to thank God for this amazing opportunity that he has blessed me with. I would like to thank my family for all the love and support they show me, and for all the time and money they have spent helping me accomplish my dream."
Taylor was the winning pitcher in the state championship game as an eighth-grader when the Knights run-ruled Alburnett for their third state title.
In an interview, Taylor told KIMT the recruiting process with the Hawkeyes began in the last month.
"I went to camp about a month ago and they started looking at me there and we had been talking. Then, I decided to commit. I've known for about two, three weeks now but I just hadn't decided to announce it yet and then I did today."
Taylor said he likes the coaching staff, the fact that it is a good program, and that Iowa City is close to home which made his decision a little bit easier.