Taylor Ready To Go To Work

Ohio State signee Brady Taylor played a critical role in the game-winning touchdown in the Division IV-VII edition of the Ohio North-South Classic on Saturday. Taylor didn't receive a scholarship offer from Ohio State until a month before National Signing Day but is excited to arrive on June 12 and get to work for the team he grew up rooting for.

If Ohio State signee Brady Taylor had forgotten the circumstances of his recruitment, he got a quick reminder when he looked across the line as his team neared the goal line in overtime of the Division IV-VII edition of the Ohio North-South Classic on Saturday.

Up first in overtime and needing a score to put the pressure on the North squad, the South squad turned to Taylor with the game on the line. The coaching staff asked the Columbus Bishop Ready product if he could take the man across from him, and he responded in the affirmative.

Then, he went out and proved it. South head coach Brad Burchfield (of Columbus Bishop Hartley), sent Army signee Bayle Wolf off left tackle. Taylor cleared the space and Wolf plowed into the end zone for the winning score in a 28-27 triumph for the South.

The man across from Taylor at the end of the game, Virginia Tech signee Colt Pettit, happened to be a player he knew quite well. Up until two weeks before National Signing Day, the pair was set to be teammates on the offensive line for the Hokies. That would-be partnership ended when Taylor received a scholarship offer from his hometown program.

"He was actually one of the kids I was closest with being from Ohio," Taylor said. "He's actually playing offensive line (in college) but was playing defensive line here. He was one of the ‘Fab 5' that they called us, the five linemen coming in. It was one of those things where he knew it was my dream and I was just following my dream, so he's a great kid and great player."

A three-star prospect and the No. 77 offensive tackle in the country, Taylor chose to go from a place where a player of his caliber is celebrated to a school where three-stars recruited by head coach Urban Meyer are often afterthoughts amongst fans who follow recruiting.

"They usually think that (Meyer) just gets national guys and the Columbus kids can't play," he said. "I definitely think I'm ready to go in there and compete."

Taylor is a player who at one time thought a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes was coming in the summer before his senior year, only to watch and wait as it never came. Instead of waiting around, he committed before his senior year to play for the Hokies.

Instead of harboring any resentment about the way the process played out, Taylor is happy to have the chance to play for a program where he can come in and quietly work his way up the depth chart.

"It's one of those things that motivates me," he said. "Coach Meyer is a guy that likes people who come in and put their heads down and go to work. I'm looking forward to going in and keeping my mouth shut and head down and going to work and hopefully things work out great for me."

While Ohio's capital may not have the reputation of other Buckeye State cities for producing top talent, being from Columbus does come with advantages. Although he's not an early enrollee, Taylor has been able to see plenty of spring practice.

"It definitely helps a lot. I think I was very fortunate being 17 minutes from Ohio State's campus to go over there and be around the guys so they know my name before I come in," he said. "They are very good core group of guys. You can tell they recruit high class offensive linemen, and just being around those guys, I think we can have a really tight-knit group."

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