Bishop Ready (Columbus, OH) rising senior offensive tackle Brady Taylor has verbally committed to Virginia Tech. The 6’5”, 275-pound prospect revealed his decision at a cookout with family and friends on Monday evening.
Taylor, who chose the Hokies over Kentucky, gives Tech its fifth offensive line recruit in the class of 2014. He joins fellow Ohio product Colt Pettit , Pennsylvania native Eric Gallo , and New Jersey standouts Billy Ray Mitchell and Tyrell Smith . The previous four commits are likely to play on the interior line, while Taylor is Tech’s first true offensive tackle recruit of the class.
All four national recruiting outlets (ESPN, Rivals, Scout, 247Sports) rank Taylor as a 3-star prospect. He has started on the varsity level for two seasons, earning numerous scholarship offers for his potential. His final decision came down to Tech and Kentucky, but Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, and West Virginia are among the schools that offered as well.
First year Virginia Tech offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, a proven recruiter before he arrived in Blacksburg, continues to shine on the recruiting trail. He is the lead recruiter for all five of Tech’s offensive line commits in this class.
In total, Virginia Tech has 15 verbal commitments in the class of 2014. The number is 16 if you include place-kicker Michael Santamaria, who has accepted a gray-shirt offer (delayed enrollment) from the Hokies.