OSU Class Jumps To Third After OL Flip

Ohio State's recruiting effort continued toward a strong finish in 2014 with the commitment of Columbus Bishop Ready offensive lineman Brady Taylor on Monday morning. The verbal of the former Virginia Tech commit jumps OSU to third in Scout's rankings for the 2014 class.

Since July, Brady Taylor had been a Virginia Tech commit despite overtures from multiple Big Ten programs.

But one school was always going to be hard for the Columbus Bishop Ready prospect to turn down, and that proved to be the case when Ohio State came calling for the three-star prospect.

Taylor got an offer from Ohio State on Jan. 12, visited the Buckeyes this past weekend and committed to Urban Meyer and his program this morning.

"I've always enjoyed it here," Taylor told Scout.com's Derek Young. "It's everything I've always wanted. Everybody dreams of opportunities like this. Some kids want to grow up and be an astronaut and stuff like that. I wanted to be an Ohio State football player. When I was given that opportunity, I couldn't pass it up."

The commitment was big for the Buckeyes in multiple realms. Not only did it give the class five offensive linemen -- likely a need given the fact four starters are leaving the program following the 2013 season -- but it jumped the team to third in the Scout.com class rankings past Texas A&M and Florida State.

Though first-place Alabama and its 24 commitments appear out of reach for the Buckeyes, who have 22 verbals and figure to top out around 24 commitments, second place appears to be on the table for Ohio State. The Buckeyes also have 10 commits in the Scout 100 to lead the nation.

Meyer is going for his third top-three class in as many tries since joining the Ohio State program. His hastily put together class of 2012 ended up ranked third in the nation in Scout's rankings, while last year's effort earned top honors in the country, edging rival Michigan.

Taylor, who is rated the No. 77 offensive tackle in the class and helped Bishop Ready make the state semifinals this past season, is joined in the class by four offensive lineman. That list includes early enrollee and U.S. Army Bowl participant Marcelys Jones of Cleveland Glenville as well as high school Lombardi Award winner Demetrius Knox of Fort Worth, Texas; Lancaster, Ohio, four-star prospect Kyle Trout; and Scout 100 lineman/Under Armour All-American Jamarco Jones of Chicago.

That's high company for Taylor, who spoke about what he likes about Ohio State after yesterday's visit with Scout's Bill Greene.

"I spent an hour with Coach (Ed) Warriner, and he explained to me what they are looking for," he added. "I have a good feeling about this staff, and I think everything comes from the top at Ohio State. Coach Meyer and I spoke a lot about everything, not just football. We talked about his family and himself, and it was impressive to say the least."

"I've rooted for Ohio State all my life, so this is both special and surreal. Now that this is happening, it is hard to grasp. I just want to see which place is best for me between Ohio State and Virginia Tech."

Mere hours later, Buckeye Nation had his answer.

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