The Kentucky Wildcats were hoping to secure their latest commitment of the 2014 recruiting class in the form of Brady Taylor, an offensive tackle out of Columbus, Ohio by way of School Bishop Ready High School.
It wasn’t meant to be, as Taylor chose Virginia Tech tonight.
Taylor, a 6’4″, 267 pounder was given a three-star rating by Rivals, ESPN & 24/7 Sports. He currently holds offers from West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Indiana, Wake Forest, South Florida, Pitt, NC State, Illinois and Georgia Tech among a host of other BCS programs.
Prior to committing, Taylor had narrowed his final list to Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia Tech.
UK has 21 commitments in the class of 2014, including two offensive linemen, so this was a significant miss for the Cats.
With offensive lineman Jarrett LaRubbio and Derrick Kelly already in the fold,UK is still heavily involved with Nick Richardson and Marcelys Jones on the o-line.
ESPN Breakdown of Taylor
|Size-Stregth-Athleticism||Tall with a leaner build that looks to be very capable of adding and supporting bulk. Shows good playing strength but has a narrow base, which might hinder his functional strength. Shows very good athleticism and ability to move well on his feet to the second level, adjusting his angles to linebacker flow.|
|Pass Protection||Quick to set and get into position. Pad level is a bit high and can be susceptible to defender getting underneath pads. Will need to locate punch more consistently to lock on and mirror defender. Lacks kick-set ability.|
|Run Blocking||Very quick to get into position and gain an advantage. Will step on proper angle and work through defender. Does a good job of washing defender down the line, flashing the ability to generate short-area power and knock defensive lineman off balance. Moves well laterally to reach outside shoulder. Gets to the second level quickly and locates assignment. Adjusts very well on the fly.|
|Toughness||Will hunt out contact. Takes very good angles downfield and looks for work.|
|Bottom Line||Taylor has a lot of upside as an offensive lineman. A two-way player in high school with the ability to line up at defensive end. His athletic ability is intriguing but will need to develop and improve his technique. Will most likely need a redshirt year but has the tools and skill set to develop at the offensive tackle position.|