On Saturday, Land O'Lakes (Fla.) junior tight end Kent Taylor made his way to Columbus, Ohio to check out the Ohio State Buckeyes. He got a chance to spend the day at the Horseshoe and witnessed the 38-14 victory over Penn State.
"It was amazing," Taylor said. "There were so many people. The atmosphere was incredible, it gives you chills. It was an amazing experience."
During the visit, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound tight end had an opportunity to spend some time with a pair of coaches.
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"I actually talked to Jim Tressel for about five minutes and then I talked with the tight ends coach, John Peterson, for probably 10 or 15 minutes, so that was pretty cool," Taylor said. "They just told me that they really like my size. They actually haven't offered yet because they haven't gotten the chance to evaluate my film."
While the Buckeyes have yet to offer, they made it clear they are intrigued by the Sunshine State product.
"They do like my size and they do like the fact my dad (Rob Taylor) played with the Bucs," Taylor said. "It was a really positive conversation."
During the game, Taylor keyed in on his position and how it was utilized by the Buckeyes.
"I liked the way they utilized their tight end," Taylor said. "I think right now with Terrelle Pryor, they are not trying to key on throwing as much as running the option and just running the ball but I think that will change once he leaves. Obviously he is a great quarterback, but the kid they have behind him is more of a pocket passer. I think I would get a lot of opportunities to go out and catch balls."
With being just a junior, Taylor isn't in a rush to name a leader, but admits that Ohio State did a great job of making a positive impression upon him.
"I was definitely very impressed with what I saw," Taylor said. "The atmosphere was just tremendous. It was pretty crazy."
At this time, Taylor has verbal offers from Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Kentucky, and North Carolina State. He hopes to visit Oregon during the season and also expects to eventually visit his father's alma mater, Northwestern, who has yet to contact him. Recently, a pair of new schools have begun to contact him - North Carolina and Vanderbilt.
Land O'Lakes faces Tampa (Fla.) Jefferson on Friday in the opening round of the playoffs.