11W Community Interview: Brady Taylor

By Jordan Wagner on January 26, 2014 at 12:16p
The 11W Community Interview is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. You submit the questions, vote on them, and then we pass the top ones on to the biggest names in the world of Ohio State athletics.

Ohio State recently offered and added a commitment from Columbus Bishop Ready offensive lineman Brady Taylor. Despite being a Virginia Tech commitment, Ohio State was always his dream school. Once he got an Ohio State offer, there was little doubt that he would be a Buckeye. The three-star prospect joins Jamarco Jones, Demetrius Knox, Marcelys Jones and Kyle Trout as offensive lineman in Ohio State's 2014 recruiting class. 

The six-foot-five, 276 pound tackle will enroll at Ohio State in the summer and he is already focusing on getting his black stripe removed. He grew up living and breathing Ohio State football. You won't want to miss his answers to your questions. He gets "it."

Take a little time to get to know Columbus native and future Buckeye, Brady Taylor.

Ohio State has had some very good offensive linemen throughout its history. Is there anyone that you have followed/modeled your game after? - HOVENAUT

Brady Taylor: Being an offensive lineman and an Ohio State fan, everyone knows who Orlando Pace is. He mixed great size with an unteachable mean streak that defenders hated to go against. I have watched a lot of his film online and how fundamentally sound his footwork punch were in order to make him so successful. I hope to be able to play a lot like him with a similar mean streak and attention to detail.

I just read a great story on your promise to your mom to be a Buckeye. What does it mean to you to be able to live up to that promise? - 703BUCKEYE

BT: It means more than you could ever imagine. I grew up living and breathing Ohio State football. It was a big deal just to get tickets to the game as a kid, and top be able to play for them is something I cant put in words. My mom told me it was going to take a lot of hard work and sacrifice to make it to this level, and it did, I had to work every day to finally reach my goals of being a Buckeye. A lot of kids dream of being astronauts and teachers, I always dreamed of being a Buckeye, and nothing was getting in my way.

How hard was it to call VT and let them know you were decommitting? - SHARKS

Hometown school

BT: It was very hard, with telling coaches that I respect highly that I would not be playing for them. Also, telling the other commits that I would not be playing with them was the hardest part because you get close to these kids because they are very similar to you. It was also an easy call though because I was following my dream and doing what I always wanted to do which was be a Buckeye. I'm a man of commitment, but sometimes you have to make decisions that will affect the rest of your life and that is what did here. Especially with my main recruiter and position coach going to a different school, it shows you have to make decisions that are best for yourself.

Congratulations on getting to live your dream of being a Buckeye, what are you most excited about once you get on campus? - KILLER NUTS

BT: I am most excited to be exposed to the competition of a college weight room and practice. Working with the best coaches and players in the country I have an opportunity to make exponential strides in my overall size and skill set. I will be able to push myself to limits I had never reached before where I am at the bottom and have to work my way to the top again. I love having goals that are hard to reach.

How soon after receiving the offer from Ohio St. did you know you were going to be a Buckeye? Or was it always a forgone conclusion that if you had the opportunity you would jump on it? - ALPO

BT: It was a forgone conclusion in a way, but then again I needed to look at the depth chart and also the campus and being a student here. Growing up in Columbus it is hard not to look at Ohio state as a fan, but I also needed to look at it as a recruit and make sure it was perfect for me. Which it is, it is close to home, has my major, offers possible early playing time with hard work and I gives me a place where I have all the tools to become great.

Brady, what are your personal goals for next season and what areas do you feel you need to improve in order to start? - BIERSTUBE

BT: One of my personal goals for next season is to get my black stripe off early. I have read up a lot on this and I love the idea and it would be a big deal for me to get it off early. I also want to transform myself into a college lineman size wise and technique wise. I still have a lot to learn and working with arguably the best offensive line coach in the country I have a chance to polish my skills and become very good very fast.

How important was academics in your search for the right school and do you have any plans on which field to major in here at Ohio State? - JOHIO1560 

A lot of kids dream of being astronauts and teachers, I always dreamed of being a Buckeye.

BT: This was very important to me, taking honors classes all through high school my parents have always taught me how important academics are. I plan on majoring in dietetics and the going on to receive my MBA so that I have business background and will be able to choose my career path out of college.

Aside from being your hometown school, what set OSU apart from V-Tech and the rest of your offers? - OTRAIN2416

BT: I guess one thing that stood out to me was the sense of greatness you feel being around he facilities the players and the staff. You can just feel how hungry the program and everyone involved in it are. Other schools you feel it but not quite like THE Ohio State University. It is a place where you know what you're getting into which is hard work, and this is exactly what I want. 

I watched a game day experience video in the locker room and at that point my dreams becoming a reality flashed before my eyes and I didn't want to be anywhere else than right here in Columbus. 

What is your one off-the-field talent that we don't know about? - SEATTLE LINGA

BT: One off the field talent is that I am a health freak. I eat very clean and healthy, which is why I am going into dietetics. I guess what sparked my interest was growing up a skill player and a basketball player my whole life and needing to put on 80 pounds between my sophomore and senior football seasons to play OLine. I did not want to lose my athletic attributes, nor become a "fat" lineman. I got very interested in nutrition and putting the right things in my body and it has stuck with me ever since.

Now that you're committed, how are you going to avoid the complacency of just being part of the team?  Specifically, what goals are you setting for yourself for your career at OSU? - Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist

BT: I am going to go in with a chip on my shoulder and outwork my competition. Every day when I train I tell myself that someone out there is working harder or is better than me and it drives me to work harder and harder. I think with a mindset that no one can stop you and a strong relationship with God no goal is unattainable. I was always told I couldn't do things growing up and I have achieved these goals. I want to get my degree, become an Academic All-American, become an All-American, win a national title and play in the NFL. You have to dream big to land big. 


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Nick's picture

Yeah he definitely isn't fat he looks more like a TE which we have had success putting that type of frame into a lineman. GL.

BKshepherd's picture

Awesome attitude and Brady sounds like he will be a Buckeye that makes us all proud.  Can't wait to see him dominating on the field.  Good luck man.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Welcome to the family, Brady. Great interview and really excited to have you in the program. 
"BT: I am most excited to be exposed to the competition of a college weight room and practice."
Must admit, that was an awesome answer. 

dubjayfootball90's picture

This kid gets it. Awesome interview. 

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Jordan Wagner's picture

I just added this quote from Brady to the eighth question. It didn't send through the first time: 

"I watched a game day experience video in the locker room and at that point my dreams becoming a reality flashed before my eyes and I didn't want to be anywhere else than right here in Columbus."

703Buckeye's picture

I am most excited to be exposed to the competition of a college weight room and practice.

I did not want to lose my athletic attributes, nor become a "fat" lineman.I got very interested in nutrition and putting the right thins in my body and it has stuck with me ever since.

Coach Marotti is gonna love this kid!
Thank you for answering my question, Brady.

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

SGTBuckeye83's picture

Sounds like he is ready to get his swoll on.

Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.

allbucksallthetime's picture

Congratulations on earning the offer and for your commitment to be a Buckeye.  Brady seems like a very mature young man and the kind of student-athlete we can surely be proud of.  Go Bucks!

Bamabucknut's picture

What a fine young man.I wish you the best Brady.

BUCKSOMIES's picture

Great job.  Welcome to the family Brady.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Nice to learn a little bit more about Brady.  I look forward to seeing how his career progresses at OSU. 
Go Bucks!!

southbymidwest's picture

Seems like an intelligent, academically oriented o-line guy with the kind of drive that Warinner, Marotti and Meyer have to really like.
I really like the guys that Meyer is bringing in this year-seems like quite a few of them are very strong academically in addition to athletically. I am looking forward to seeing them on the field.

jaxbuckeye's picture

Awesome interview.  What a head on his shoulders!

dwcbuckeye's picture

Welcome aboard Brady.  Something tells me he will be a solid player.

rhutchjr's picture

Boy am I glad BT has achieved his dream of being a Buckeye! Great kid turning into a Great man. I am especialy impressed with your major. It will serve you well. GO BUCKEYES (thanks coaches for snaging this one)

Toledo, a good place to be FROM

1967Buck's picture

A nice,well spoken young man. He wanted to be a Buckeye all his life. Well, welcome to the family Big guy. Peace and go Bucks!!

buckz4evr's picture

I love the passion these homegrown kids bring to the table.  Welcome aboard and may all your dreams come true

45has2's picture

It's great that TOSU can recruit the best talent from all over the country but it's extra special when a born and bred Buckeye gets his shot to play for The Great State of Ohio. GO BUCKS.

"I don't like nice people. I like tough, honest people." -W.W. Hayes

pcuzz1's picture

Love these type of dudes! Grow up bleeding scarlet and grey! Welcome brady

pat cozzens

2002osubuck's picture

This kids gonna be a really good player once he gets coached up. He has all the drive and intangibles to be make a significant impact with this team. Can't wait to see him excel when Warriner gets a hold of him. Keep working hard it's paid off so far.

PittBuckeye's picture

One of those guys that you just have to feel good for him that he got the offer he wanted.

Condor's picture

Look forward to seeing Brady play!
Anybody know if there's a way to see that game day experience video he referenced without being a big time recruit?

"Do not fear me gypsy, all I want is your tears."

 -- Borat Sagdiyev


allinosu's picture

I'll take "all in" and total commitment over another star in his status anytime. I'll be watching for you young man.

BiElEmAsDoUbLeChIn's picture

Watch out for this kid...Work ethic alone this kid is gonna compete!! Welcome to Buckeye Nation...But you were already here..lol!

Codeezy's picture

Love this kid already. Grew up in the shadow of the shoe and knows what it takes to work hard and earn his keep, on top of being a gifted athlete. Loving the kids urban is bringing in. 

Seattle Linga's picture

So looking forward for this class to finally be signed/faxed/instagramed on the dotted line next month. BT will be a NICE addition overall

Hovenaut's picture

The talent of this class has me very happy with the program.

The character of this class has me floored. Brady Taylor fits right in with the Dream 14.

Great interview.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

From reading this article Brady Taylor seems like an exceptional young man, extremely intelligent, humble yet confident, great work ethic, success driven on and off the field.  He is exactly the kind of person you'd like to represent your alma mater.  What resonated with me is I've had a lifelong interest in nutrition, I spend a lot of time studying the subject as a layman, and I also have an MBA from OSU.  Aside from that other comparisons don't apply ... I work out and I'm pretty lean for an old fa*t but I'm a small, lightweight with no athletic ability LOL.  Going to be rooting for Brady to achieve all of his goals.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

stcburn's picture

What a get! Give me a kid with desire to be Buckeye and a great work ethic any day! He will be fun to watch grow.

BoFuquel's picture

The future is bright. GO BUCKS!

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

SoDakBuckeyeFan's picture

Seems like a great young man. Hope he lands that dream. 


Gametime's picture

These are the types of guys who blossom into studs. I'm definitely rooting for this kid!

Between goals and achievement is discipline and consistency. That fire you have inside to do whatever you love is placed there by God. Now go claim it. ~ Denzel Washington

otrain2416's picture

I love getting commits from the hometown kids who grew up wanting to play for this great university, because I was once in his shoes in HS dreaming of that same offer. 

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Buck Commander's picture

What's up with all the flip commits to Penn St. Now.....geez they will be in the top 3 if this continues???

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

chirobuck's picture

I don't think were gonna have to worry about Brady putting the work in


^ best post ever ^

Toilrt Paper's picture

Is it just me or is this coaching staff recruiting more honor students than ever?

ToledoMan's picture

This cat should have a bright future.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

Man do I love kids that dream of playing for OSU one day.  And love it even more when they work their ass off once there.  Good luck to you Brady, and if you follow through on your words, you're going to be a great one.  Be great enough to make them mass produce your number on a jersey for all of us to buy.

Read my entire screen name....

rkylet83's picture

I have probably been as impressed with Brady Taylor as any other recruit we have this class.  His highlights are incredible, and his attitude and excitement about being in the program are excellent.  I think he will be a great lineman at Ohio State.

RedsBuckeyeBoy's picture

I love that Urban is able to recruit the top athletes from across the country, but the story is so much better when it is an underdog in-state kid that makes the most of his opportunity to suit up for the scarlet and gray.
Good luck, young man. Make the most of every day, and I'm sure the attitude that you displayed in the interview above will make each of your goals a reality.