And here I thought the first bit of news in the morning would be the announcement of the new o-line coach. Instead, Hokies verbal, offensive tackle Brady Taylor, committed to Ohio State.
Taylor was in Columbus for an official visit this past weekend which took place two weeks after receiving a scholarship offer from his hometown team. Many recruitniks believed Taylor would flip on his visit. He didn't. However, it was reported yesterday. he'd return today with his mom to speak with Urban Meyer.
Virginia Tech OL commit Brady Taylor (Columbus Ohio) will be back up to Ohio State with his mother tomorrow to talk to Urban Meyer.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 20, 2014
Brady Taylor's mother wasn't able to go on the visit this weekend, so she wants to speak with the coaches herself.— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) January 20, 2014
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 hed 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.