June 13, 2013

Taylor hopeful for hometown offer

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Entering the summer before his senior season, Brady Taylor has already racked up more than 20 scholarship offers from Division-I football programs. And while the one that covets most is yet to come, the 2014 offensive tackle prospect from Columbus' Bishop Ready high school is hopeful that his work over the weekend will help turn his dream of an Ohio State offer into a reality.

The three-star prospect took part in the Buckeyes' one-day position camp on Sunday, in an effort to impress the OSU coaching staff. And while Taylor didn't walk away from the Woody Hayes Athletic Center with an immediate offer, he believes that he made a strong impression on Buckeyes' offensive line coach Ed Warinner.

"I talked to him afterwards and he said he's going to get together with the rest of the coaching staff and he really liked my athleticism and coachability and he thought I did a good job," Taylor said. "I think I did really good. I worked really hard and competed and the kids are great, so I had a good time."

Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has made it clear that he wants to take at least five -- and possibly more -- offensive linemen in his 2014 class. That would work in Taylor's favor in terms of securing an offer from the Buckeyes, although the decisions of OSU targets Jamarco Jones, Demetrius Knox, and Damian Price will also likely play roles in whether or not an offer for Taylor comes to fruition.

Although he currently doesn't hold that offer, Taylor remains infatuated his hometown team, and spent last weekend on the Ohio State campus touring the school's facilities.

"It's pretty special. Granted, I've lived here since I was little, so I'm a little biased, but I got to see some stuff," he said. "I got to see the background of the Woody Hayes (Athletic Center) and that's the first time I've ever done that. I got to go up in the press box of The Shoe, so that's special too."

Of the schools that have offered the 6-foot-5, 264-pounder, Taylor said that he likes and plans on visiting Virginia Tech, Boston College, West Virginia, and Kentucky. After speaking with Bishop Ready head coach Joel Cutler, Taylor said that he plans on making a decision before the start of the football season, so that his recruitment does not become a distraction.

"I definitely still want to do it before the season," he said. "We have a tight group right now and I just want to go win a state championship."

Like all things in recruiting, Taylor's timetable is far from set in stone. He admitted that increased interest from Ohio State could alter his plans and potentially cause him to push his decision to further back on the calendar.

"It would definitely be something I talk to my family about," Taylor said. "We'll see how it goes and hopefully I get a good phone call this week."


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