Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Ready offensive tackle Brady Taylor is days away from announcing his college selection, and in preparation has trimmed his list of five favorites down to a final three schools.
"I have it pretty much down to Virginia Tech, Kentucky and West Virginia," Taylor reported. "With Ohio State not offering it is hard to pick that school. Then, at Pittsburgh I love their coaches, I just would rather be at the other three places."
With the top contenders now set, Taylor is also zeroing in on when he will announce his decision.
"I'm looking at next Monday," he said. "I am probably going to have family and friends over and make a decision. I don't exactly know where I am going yet, but I am getting there."
Part of getting close to knowing where he is going is the result of recent, and potentially upcoming, college campus visits. This past weekend he made his second visit of the recruiting process to Kentucky.
"Talking with the commits there, they wanted me to come down and hang out with them," Taylor said. "They had a 7-on-7 camp going on so I watched that for a little bit, then I just talked with Coach [Vince] Marrow and hung out with the commits. I was with Drew Barker, T.V. Williams, Matt Elam and Braxton Berrios was on campus.
"Denzel Ware, Thaddeus Snodgrass and Mikel Horton were all there, but towards the end of the night I was mostly spending time with Elam and T.V. Williams. Darius West was there too. All three of them were really cool. We were really just hanging out and being teenage kids. We talked a lot about recruiting earlier in the day."
Kentucky has now made their last pitch before Taylor decides, and he is considering getting one more look at either West Virginia or Virginia Tech before Monday as well.
"I might try to get down to West Virginia - they have a little camp going on - or maybe go to Virginia Tech," Taylor said. "I have to talk to their parents and see what their schedule is, but that's definitely something I want to do."
Taylor noted he has a similar relationship with Virginia Tech's commits as he does with the Kentucky commits. Whether either of those influences pays off for their respective schools will be seen when the 6-foot-5, 264-pound tackle announces next week.