Brady Taylor is Number 22

By Jeremy Birmingham on January 20, 2014 at 9:33a
Brady Taylor (Photo:
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It doesn’t always happen on our timeline, but Bishop Ready (Columbus) offensive lineman Brady Taylor is proof-positive: hard work and patience sure does help a dream come true. Today, Taylor - a 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman born and raised in the shadows of Ohio Stadium - has committed to Ohio State less than two weeks after receiving the long-awaited scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.

As you can imagine, that journey has been long for Taylor, who committed to Virginia Tech in July, but the lineman says it has been worth it.

The Brady Taylor File

  • Size: 6-5/276
  • Pos: OL (Tackle)
  • School: Bishop Ready (Columbus)
  • Composite Rating: ★★★
  • Composite Rank: 65 (T)

“(The offer meant) A lot just (because I am from) Columbus, it really is a dream,” Taylor told Eleven Warriors. “The timing really doesn't matter. I guess it doesn't matter to me how the ship sails as long as it sails you know?”

As Ohio State has searched for its fifth offensive lineman in their top-five ranked 2014 recruiting class, Taylor’s name has been bandied about pretty regularly for months as a potential target, and Thursday, January 9th, Buckeye offensive line coach Ed Warinner extended the offer to Taylor; he talked to head coach Urban Meyer the next day to confirm it.

“(Warinner told me) That basically (the delay in the offer) was due to me not being able to attend Friday Night Lights,” Taylor said about his conversation’s with the Buckeyes. “Once the winning streak started they had little time to evaluate me. They told me that they ‘really want me to be a Buckeye’ and they think I'm a ‘damn good player.’”

The chance to live out a dream seems like it should lend to a quick decision, but Taylor - despite his affection for Ohio State - struggled with the reality that he’d have to go back on his word and letting the Hokies coaching staff, particularly Virginia Tech offensive line coach Jeff Grimes. That worry was alleviated slightly when Grimes left first, taking a job in the same position with LSU. He also had some initial concerns about how soon he could get on the field at Ohio State, but in the end staying home and playing for the Buckeyes was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

"(At first) I (was worried about) early playing time," he said about what prevented him from making a "flip" when the offer first came. "(It was also about) just getting a better feel for the coaches, I hadn't been around them a lot."

Leading up to his visit to Ohio State, Taylor had still planned on making a return trip to Virginia Tech, but with his commitment to Ohio State, he says that will no longer happen.

Taylor becomes Ohio State's fifth commitment along the offensive line in 2014 joining Marcelys Jones, Kyle Trout, Jamarco Jones and Demetrius Knox.

You can check out highlights of Ohio State's newest commitment here. 


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clogan1032's picture

What a great way to start out a Monday!  Congrats on the offer Brady!

Joe4's picture

It's always great to see local kids come here -- welcome!!

Thomas's picture

Good for you young man! Congrats on committing to the good guys!

O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

Awesome gray box! Welcome home Brady.

toad1204's picture

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

jedkat's picture

"Can we please stop the message board fighting? I really can't stand the message board fighting..."

"No. You're an idiot, and your posts are terrible."

bassplayer7770's picture

Welcome, Brady!
His film cracks me up a little because he is literally blowing those kids up.

BuckeyeRealist13's picture

Bravo 11W staff, Bravo. Even with no offer you guys have called this for what seams like forever now. Go Bucks!

"You're damn right thats daddy" - Urban Meyer 

rkylet83's picture

I don't know what kind of competition he plays against, but he is destroying everything in his path on film.  It looks like a angry grown man playing 8th graders.  He could play either offensive guard or defensive tackle.  He has some serious explosion and what I love is he plays really mean!  

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Lets add Va Tech to the list of fan bases that hate us. XD

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

JOhio1560's picture

They'll hate us more when we beat the crap out of them the next two seasons.

I'm not finished!  Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.

almurray10's picture

Especially if we snag Nnadi.. And beat them the next two years...

Matt Gutridge's picture

Congrats to the young man and his family.
Finally, a Brady I can root for.

Denny's picture

For real.


d1145fresh's picture

That is fantastic.

OSUStu's picture

Absolutely brilliant.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Seattle Linga's picture

Killer Nuts bringing the younons along nicely.

BuckeyeJAK's picture

Welcome to the Buckeye Nation !!!!  Looking forward to seeing what you can do on the field.

Mark May is a mental midget

Nick_Satan's picture

..And Boom Goes The Dynamite!

JOhio1560's picture

Great way to start a Monday!  Congrats to Taylor for making the right decision.  He seems like a good young man.

I'm not finished!  Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.

rkylet83's picture

I feel good about this guy!

Knarcisi's picture

Told ya I had a feeling.

cdkmike's picture

boom great day to be buckeye

Michael green

FitzBuck's picture

These are the kids we need mixed in.  Local kid that loves OSU and understands the rivalry with UM that worked hard for his offer and will push the 4 and 5 star guys to be better.  Love this pickup.

Fitzbuck | Toledo - Ohio's right armpit | "A troll by any other name is still a troll".

JOhio1560's picture

Nicely said, sir!  My feelings exactly.

I'm not finished!  Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.

allbucksallthetime's picture

It must be a thrilling time for Brady Taylor and his family.  It's hard to imagine growing up that close to the Shoe, wanting to be a Buckeye, thinking it would never happen, then getting an offer and committing.  
Welcome to Dream '14 Brady.  Go Bucks!

Crimson's picture

Wait, he didn't visit with his mom today?  I don't think I want him anymore!
Just kidding.
This IS my happy dance!

gm3jones's picture

I have seen this kid play, and he can play. Good pick up. Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Brady (just a little weird typing that lol).

There is nothing more remarkable as learning to think better.

Rocket Man's picture

Great news

I didn't go to engineering school to be a 'people person'

SilverState's picture
southbuc's picture

Cant figure out how Tennessee is going to sign 34...

gonzogrover's picture

Love getting the local kids. Welcome to OSU Brady.

fanfarris's picture

OK.Arnold should've zipped up his pants before he deflowerd his maid and had an illegitimate child.He ruined his family .thats what roids do to u.


KingsRite's picture

“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Whoa Nellie's picture

Congrats, Brady.  Another step in chasing your dreams.

“Don’t fear criticism. The stands are full of critics. They play no ball. They fight no fights. They make no mistakes because they attempt nothing. Down on the field are the doers, they make mistakes because they attempt many things.”

TheShookster's picture

Welcome to Columbus Mr. Taylor
Protect dat QB.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

pabdublin78's picture

Yahoo!   Welcome Brady and great job Coach Warinner and Urban!   Love this commitment and I know he will drive himself to be an impact lineman during time with the Buckeyes!   

Mortc15's picture

I graduated in 2011 and played bishop ready my senior year. The thing that stuck out most to me as far as the entire team was the discipline the coach preached. They beat us pretty good but even their 2nd team guys were getting chewed out every play for mistakes. 
Just makes me think, if coaching staff is the same, he's got a good base to build on and will be part of the next great group of linemen at tOSU. 


Tony's picture

This kid's highlight video has me cracking up. He is so damn big.

OSUPhilosopherAndHomer's picture

I love getting kids from all over, but it just doesn't get any better than the local kids, in my opinion. They know what it means to be a Buckeye and they're ready to work their heart out. They get to live the dream that so many of us (myself included) had. They get to play football for Ohio State! Because of that alone I love him already. I'm extremely happy to root for this kid. Good luck, Brady!

“This is America! And in America, if something sucks, you're supposed to be able to get your money back!”

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Yeti's have feelings too.

Seattle Linga's picture

I know it doesn't look like him - but that's Kerry Coombs in the background

703Buckeye's picture

Someone else is excited for Brady...


"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Joe4's picture

Somewhat OT, but it sounds like Kwon & Dixon are ALWAYS working out!

popeurban's picture

Work hard, play hard, work, work, work....

KeithMC33's picture

What a great way to start the day! So with his commitment, I wonder how that has us looking to close out the class? I wouldn't think Rod Johnson would commit now (he has been a FSU lean anyway), so i hope we can get one of the final D-lineman out of McDowell, Nnadi or Thomas and be done?

Hovenaut's picture

Excellent news.
Welcome aboard, Brady Taylor.
Thanks to Birm, Jordan and the 11W staff for keeping a very good finger on the recruiting pulse throughout.....looking forward to a great close-out to the 2014 class.

House804's picture

BT has close to 30 offers according to Rivals including VT (obviously) Sparty, Wisconsin, Penn St, and WVU.  Factor in that he is from Columbus, OH and it is a huge win.  I love casting the net into Florida, TX, and California with a more national approach but you have to get these home grown kids as well.  Congrats BT!

We talkin' bout practice?!  Not the game I love...the game I die for.  Practice?!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

This is great news!  Welcome to Buckeye Nation Brady!  Glad to have ya on board!!
Go Bucks!

fanfarris's picture

Him being from cbus and a Buckeye,i think he should do the welcoming for the rest.


Buckeyebrowny919's picture

dude is just blowing up the line. Welcome to the fam, bud!

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

OSU2002Grad's picture

Hard work. Character. Commitment. I expect all 3 of those things from Brady at all times. Along with his physical attributes, those are his most important qualities.

popeurban's picture

I am thrilled that the staff has added some much needed depth to the lines on both sides of the ball.

Ethan's picture

Seems like a great kid. Love seeing this sort of commitment. Interesting note via BuckeyeGrove, Taylor said the coaching staff told him he's the last O-Line commit they're taking (free content) 

BullCityBuckeye's picture

Obligatory Snuggie family GIF.  I love it.  +1
Welcome to the Buckeyes, Brady!!

Seattle Linga's picture

LOL - What roof could they possibly be raising - aren't they outdoors?

Firmthyfriendship's picture

Let me break this down for you... See the step mom. I say step mom because she's a little too blonde to be real mom. She shit her pants- if you read her lips she's saying "whoops!", right as the hershey squirts. As for the "roof", don't get too caught up in that- you can see the thermos which obviously is filled with some poorly made moonshine- they have no idea where the hell they are having imbibed the elixir, which also explains the asinine attire chosen. This is a deleted scene from Deliverance where the guys look on the shoreline and see this to their horror. 
Also, congrats, and good luck, Brady!

brylee's picture


Seattle Linga's picture

+1 for the Hershey Squirt reference. 
On a side note I can honestly say that I never thought I'd be writing that comment ... ever

BoFuquel's picture

Welcome aboard Brady. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

Seattle Linga's picture

Fantastic decision BT - this is one of the best decisions of your life so far. Welcome aboard, Coach Mick wants to see you in his office weight room.

teddyballgame's picture

Glad they recognized this kid's potential and offered him.  Goodluck BT!
inb4 Hoke recruits a kid named Urban

edr4225's picture

lets go bucks!!

Edincostarica's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Brady.


Chief B1G Dump's picture

Urbz must have sold Mrs Taylor pretty darn quick!
Welcome to the Dream 14, son!!!

Danify's picture

Welcome to Buckeye Nation Brady Taylor!

MN Buckeye's picture

Welcome, Brady. Glad you are part of the Dream14. Congratulations on earning your offer!

allinosu's picture

Welcome young man. Work hard and be a team player and good thinks will happen for you. Many 3* players became great Ohio State Buckeyes so dedicate yourself and you will see the field. 

Crimson's picture

good thinks

I think I read that book 30 years ago.

sharks's picture

At work... Can't post Laker Bros

Add va tech to the Deal w/It list

A man got to have a code...

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Hey VA TECH.......

Yeti's have feelings too.

edr4225's picture

lets go bucks!!

Oyster's picture

So we have the trend of hiring coaches who have hot wives.  It seems as though we have gone a step further.  Recruit players with hot moms.

"Scrolling hurts my finger"

(and FitzBuck was clearly the winner)

OSUStu's picture


If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

703Buckeye's picture

Jake & Elwood are role models of mine.

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

I love kids that love the buckeyes. Glad he has a chance to live his dream. What an OL haul this year, but I have a soft spot for kids like him. Best of luck. 

Read my entire screen name....

sharks's picture

Hey Beamer:

A man got to have a code...

Sin City Buckeye's picture

Is there a difference between Viper and Leo? "No, we just thought Viper sounded cooler."---Former Buckeye Coach Mike Vrabel

Buckeyeneer's picture

Congrats and welcome aboard!

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