When Joel Cutler took the reigns as head coach of Bishop Ready’s (Columbus, OH) varsity football squad in January of 2012, one of his main objectives was to implement a college-like strength and conditioning program. Then a sophomore, Brady Taylor measured in at 6’4″ and weighed about 210 pounds. A year-and-a-half later, Taylor, now a rising senior, checks in at 6’5″, 275 pounds.
Taylor’s dedication to Coach Cutler’s strength and conditioning program proved beneficial on several fronts. He starred at offensive tackle and on the defensive line his junior season, helping his team to a 7-3 record. The productive junior season and a standout performance at the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Junior Combine in San Antonio (TX) sparked major college recruiting interest, and by the end of the 2013 Spring Evaluation Period Taylor had become a major FBS-level recruit.
“Brady, for the most part, had a really good junior year. He started really developing in the strength and conditioning. He’s also a basketball player. You can tell that from his athleticism. He really bought into the strength and conditioning program. After his junior season, we got his film out there. Our recruiting database has GPA, core scores, ACT/SAT. He did the combine in San Antonio. I think that started to draw attention to him, because people saw that he is a monster and he can fly. He is in our 1000-pound club, which includes the bench, squat, and hang clean. He can muscle up around 1,100 pounds combined in those lifts, so he’s a strong kid,” said Cutler, who starred at the University of Dayton before moving on to a coaching career. His brother, Kyle, also played college football and is now Bishop Ready’s strength and conditioning coach.
Taylor was “a tight end/outside linebacker-type before...
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