Taylor commits to Tech

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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.

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  1. The change in the program with these coaches and how they say and “do” things is palpable. I think you are seeing the monumental change that bringing coaches that have been successful and recently at the highest levels of BCS football can do.

  2. It looks like its heading in the right direction. Time will tell, but it sure gives you a good feeling.

  3. There is definitely something to be said to looking north to recruit OL. Virginia only has so many each year. Also, it seems that alot of kids want to go south into SEC country. I’d be looking north too for WR’s and LB’s too. Nationwide for QB’s…..But of course keep our focus in Va and selectively pick up some kids down south (especially those DB’s we seem to be able to bring in)

    Love our new coaches….

  4. To say Grimes hit the ground running would be an understatement. I’m looking forward to seeing how he develops these young men over the next couple of years. Taylor appears to be a very nice pickup.

  5. Good job Coach Grimes !!!!!!!!!! Where would we be if ——– . New coaches are just GREAT !!!!!!! I bet more good news to come.

  6. These New Coaches have brought Something to VT that has been lacking, Hard Nose Recruiting ! Thank you Coach Grimes for all the hard effort you have put in the last Seven Months on the Job.

  7. Sounds like a great pickup. Seems appropriate that an OL men makes his decision at a cookout! Since he wants to major in Dietetics he should know how to put on good weight, too.

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