It's always cool to see recruits from Columbus play for their hometown school. That's exactly the case for Columbus (OH) Bishop Ready offensive tackle Brady Taylor, who signed his National Letter of Intent with the Buckeyes after committing to the Scarlet and Gray following an official visit last month.
The 6'5, 275-pound tackle had been committed to play his college ball for the Virginia Tech Hokies since the summer, but when the Buckeyes came calling with a scholarship offer, he couldn't pass up an opportunity to play in his hometown in front of his family and friends.
Taylor, along with early enrollee Marcelys Jones, is probably the most raw of Ohio State's offensive line commits and will likely redshirt his freshman year. However, with good coaching and hard work, he has the potential to be a very good offensive lineman for Ohio State. He will be able to benefit from going to watch the team work out and attending spring practices because he lives so close to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.
He's one of the more athletic linemen in the class and is at good run blocking, but he'll need to improve his pass blocking in order to succeed at tackle.
In addition to the offer from the Buckeyes, the three-star offensive lineman also held offers from the likes of Ball State, Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Western Michigan, and Wisconsin.
Our own Christopher Jason had a chance to look at Taylor's tape and had this to say about the offensive lineman:
Taylor is an underrated prospect who plays very aggressively and gets to the second level easily while run blocking. His pass protection could use some work, but he is a steamroller in the run game. His athleticism and power stands out on film, as he constantly gets downfield, laying out defenders in his way. I think he will redshirt this season to work on technique and gain mass to play tackle in the Big Ten.
If you haven't seen the newest Buckeye in action, you can check out his highlights here.