Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Ready offensive tackle Brady Taylor appeared ready to join the exodus of Ohio recruits leaving to attend the University of Kentucky, but at the end took a left turn and ended up joining the Virginia Tech Hokies.
"I just committed to Virginia Tech," Taylor reported. "I definitely flipped a couple times over the last few weeks, [after] visiting Kentucky again. It was a tough decision."
A week ago Taylor had listed a top three of Virginia Tech, Kentucky and West Virginia. In the last few days, though, his decision came down the Hokies and Wildcats, and he was not completely sure of his decision until just hours before he announced.
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"I knew at probably 11 [am] today," Taylor said. "I went earlier and prayed again, and it was the right decision. Last night it was Virginia Tech, but I wasn't 100 percent until today. When I knew, I made the call and committed."
Shortly after making the call to the coaches, Taylor joined family and friends that had gathered at his home and informed them of his decision to commit to Virginia Tech.
"It was really everything I ever wanted in a school," he said. "It is in a small football town in Blacksburg and the fans really adore their team. They win a lot of games and play in BCS bowls, and that's what you dream about as a kid."
In the days leading up to his decision Taylor had sought counsel from his family, but in the end it was his decision alone to make.
"I think they were all on the same page with me that I made the right decision," Taylor said. "They made me make it for myself, though, and I figured it out on my own. I am definitely really excited."
The 6-foot-5, 274-pound Taylor is rated three stars and ranked as the nation's No. 57 offensive tackle and the state of Ohio's No. 48 overall prospect.