Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Ready offensive tackle Brady Taylor now boasts nine scholarship offers, but his first from a BCS school came just last week after a visit to Kentucky.
"It was really exciting, especially being from the SEC," Taylor said. "That is the best competition in football and that is a dream to play against Florida and South Carolina. It's close to home and I definitely want to play close to home so my family can see me play."
The 6-foot-5, 264-pound Taylor was accompanied by his entire immediately family on last week's visit to Kentucky.
"They didn't have a practice, just meetings for players because it was an off-day," Taylor said. "It ended up working out because I got to spend time with the o-line coach and my recruiting coach the whole day. It was a really good experience and I really liked the campus.
"There really was not anything I didn't like about it and I think they are going in the right direction. It sounds like a lot of Ohio guys are looking to go to Kentucky, which is really good."
Taylor is hoping to add his second BCS offer later this week when he makes a visit to Michigan State.
"We are going to Michigan State on Thursday," Taylor said. "They seem very interested. I have been talking to Coach [Mike] Tressel for a few months and he sends me letters probably 2-3 times a week.
"I'm not sure exactly where I am on their board, but hopefully I can go down there and come back with an offer. That would be my first Big Ten offer. I think it will be a good trip, and I am excited."
Other offers have come from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Middle Tennessee State, Ohio, Toledo and Western Michigan. More schools are showing interest and plan to visit Taylor's school when the Spring Evaluation Period opens later this month and a college decision may not be far behind.
"At first I was thinking it would be more prolonged, but a lot of bigger schools like Michigan State, Penn State, Northwestern and Boston College are taking interest," Taylor said.
"Depending on how April goes, I'll see how many offers I get and probably make my decision from there. So it will probably be a month or two, but I think I can make my decision sooner rather than later."