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Ohio 2018 defensive end Leonard Taylor talks about Kentucky recruitment

The Kentucky Wildcats have been working hard in recent years to establish a strong "recruiting pipeline" from Ohio's Springfield High School to Lexington.

The talent-rich program located about 45 miles west of Columbus has a number of players currently on the UK recruiting board, including 2017's Danny Davis and 2018's Leonard Taylor.

Taylor, who committed to Michigan during the Wolverines' spring game last April, recently withdrew his verbal. His de-commitment was somewhat expected by many recruiting observers as he had always planned to still visit other programs despite his pledge. 

“After much discussion with my family, I felt like Michigan wasn’t the school for me at that time,” Taylor said about his de-commitment. “I felt that backing off my commitment was the best decision for me, and I wanted to look around and see if there was something else.”

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Taylor could play either the defensive tackle, defensive end or tight end position at the next level. Due to his unique athletic ability, he has drawn interest from many programs and currently holds 14 scholarship offers. Prior to his de-commitment from the Wolverines, he had taken visits to Notre Dame and the Ohio State. However, he will also be visiting Notre Dame (Sept. 17th), Ohio State (Oct. 8th), Penn State (Oct. 22nd), and possibly Kentucky this fall.

“Kentucky is one of the schools I am looking at," Taylor said. "It’s a good program and school, they’re rebuilding, and once I graduate I could go down there and make a big difference.

“I will be down in Lexington for a game this fall for sure, I just haven’t picked a game yet. Not exactly sure what game I will visit, have to look at the schedule. I look forward to seeing what it is like, talking to the coaches and players.”

Ohio State is currently considered the big favorite for Taylor within his recruitment, due to being close to home and the relationship he has with the staff there. But the Wildcats, led by tight ends coach Vince Marrow, have built a very solid relationship of their own with the four-star prospect. Taylor is also very close with Kentucky freshman defensive tackle Kordell Looney, who was a former high school teammate. 

“I have a good relationship with coach Marrow, he’s my recruiting guy at Kentucky. He’s cool, relaxed and just real with me," Taylor said. "Also, I am very close with Kordell Looney. He’s down at Kentucky. He’s my best friend and I talk to him all the time. We talk a lot, not much about Kentucky though, just about practice, recruiting, and getting ready for the SAT.”

Taylor plans on taking the recruiting process very slow now that he has de-committed. He will take some visits this fall and all of his official visits his senior year. As of right now, the plan is to announce his commitment sometime in January of his senior year.


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