NCF On The Trail: Brady Taylor

Top position classes: OL 

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With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at the top position classes. For the full series, click here.

Nationally (and SEC)
Not only did Alabama put together the best offensive line class in the 2014 cycle, but it's also one of the best in recent memory. The Crimson Tide inked early enrollee and five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson (Monroe, La./West Monroe) and also got top-ranked junior college offensive tackle Dominick Jackson (San Mateo, Calif./College of San Mateo). On the interior, the nation's top two centers, No. 168 overall Josh Casher (Mobile, Ala./Saint Paul’s Episcopal) and No. 190 J.C. Hassenauer (Woodbury, Minn./East Ridge) signed, as did No. 3 guard Ross Pierschbacher (Cedar Falls, Iowa/Cedar Falls). A second guard in the class is three-star Montel McBride (Plant City, Fla./Plant City), who could also play nose tackle at the next level.

The Crimson Tide had the nation’s best offensive line class; here’s which schools had the best in each of the remaining power conferences:

Signing day is a little more than two weeks away, meaning the next 15 days are going to be very interesting. Here are five storylines in the ACC to keep an eye on come signing day on Feb. 5.


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Three-star offensive tackle Brady Taylor (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready) said throughout his recruitment that an Ohio State offer would not immediately result in a commitment. That offer did not come until January -- six months after he committed to Virginia Tech.

As a Columbus native, though, Taylor could not ignore the Buckeyes’ late attempt to flip him. He took an official visit this past weekend and was back on campus Monday morning to meet with coach Urban Meyer. That's when the 52nd-ranked player in Ohio committed to Ohio State.

Taylor reported his commitment in a text message to ESPN.com.

Ranked No. 75 nationally among offensive tackles, Taylor was planning an official visit to Virginia Tech for this coming weekend, but that will no longer take place. Contributing to Taylor’s flip was the Hokies’ loss of offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, who departed last week for the same position at LSU. Taylor said last week he was upset to hear Grimes was leaving and that it would be a factor in his final decision.

For Ohio State, Taylor provides the final piece of the offensive line puzzle. Coming into the 2014 class, the offensive line was priority No. 1, and the staff’s desire was to sign five offensive linemen this cycle. The Buckeyes wrapped up four commitments at the position early but struggled to land a fifth commitment. Having missed on a few prospects, the Buckeyes offered Taylor.

The Buckeyes will have significant holes to fill on the line in 2015, which allows for Taylor to develop and possibly redshirt. At 6-foot-4 and 267 pounds, Taylor likely won’t be ready to contribute until at least 2015.

Weekend recruiting wrap: Big Ten 

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As usual there is a ton of action happening around signing day. The Big Ten has had commitments, decommitments, offers and everything in between.

Here is a look at what took place within the conference on the recruiting trail this past week:


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Offensive lineman Brady Taylor (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready) is still committed to Virginia Tech, but he says he is focused on a final decision between the Hokies and Ohio State.

The Buckeyes recently offered the Columbus native, and Taylor took the short trip over to Ohio State this weekend to meet with the coaches.


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Key recruiting visits -- Big Ten 

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Now that the dead period has ended, prospects will continue taking visits to schools before signing day. The Big Ten has several top targets traveling all over the country this weekend, so here is a look at some of the bigger visitors for the conference.

1. DT Derrick Nnadi (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes)
Visiting: Ohio State
Nnadi, who is ranked No. 253 in the ESPN 300, has Ohio State, Penn State, Florida State and Virginia Tech in his top group. The nation’s No. 21 defensive tackle visits Ohio State this weekend and with new defensive line coach Larry Johnson now officially hired by the Buckeyes, we’ll see where Ohio State ranks after this trip.


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Hokies continue to build OL with Taylor

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Three-star offensive tackle Brady Taylor (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready) pledged to sign with Virginia Tech, according to multiple reports. He selected the Hokies over Kentucky.

Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Marshall, Miami (Ohio), Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Ohio, Pittsburgh, Purdue, South Florida, Toledo, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Western Michigan also offered the 6-foot-4, 267-pound lineman.

Taylor is the fifth offensive lineman to choose Virginia Tech for 2014, and he is excited to join the group:

"I talked to them a lot," Taylor told the Roanoke (Va.) Times. "They're all really good kids. I've gotten to know them well. ... It's pretty awesome. Because even if nothing works out and we get to our fifth year, we're eventually going to play together. That's pretty special to have four other kids your age to play with."

Virginia Tech's class is ranked 26th by ESPN RecruitingNation.
The final few days of July could shape the end of Brady Taylor’s recruitment.


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Northwestern does not hold traditional junior days, instead of bringing in small groups of players in at a time. That made a big impression on one 2014 recruit who visited this week.

Offensive tackle Brady Taylor (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Ready) spent Wednesday and Thursday visiting the Wildcats, and Taylor, who holds three offers, said it was the “best experience I had so far.”

“They’d definitely be toward the top just because you get a Big Ten atmosphere while still getting an education,” Taylor said, “and that’s important for me because football doesn’t last forever. I want to be able to do something out of college that will benefit me. They would definitely be toward the top if they offer.”

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Ohio SPARQ All-Combine team

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MASSILLON, Ohio -- Over 1,400 athletes gathered on Feb. 16 just down the road from the NFL Hall of Fame at Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio, for the third stop of the 2013 Nike Football SPARQ Combine Tour. Here is a look at the 25 standout performers who make up the Ohio All-Combine Team.

Note: Selections are based upon combine performance as well as past and projected on-field performance. Athletes must have completed two of the four combine tests to be eligible for selection. Athletes are in the Class of 2014 unless otherwise noted.

OFFENSE

QB: Mike Berry, 6-foot-1, 219 pounds, Beavercreek (Ohio) High
Results: 4.85 40-yard dash, 4.28 shuttle, 40-foot power ball throw, 29.1-inch vertical jump, 97.77 SPARQ Rating
Breakdown: The dual-threat QB also lines up at running back in the wing "T" system and can beat opponents with an impressive combination of speed and power.

RB: Jarred Brevard, 5-7 1/2, 188, Pittsburgh Shady Side Academy
Results: 4.57 40, 4.20 shuttle, 39.0'PB, 34.5" VJ, 109.65 SPARQ
Breakdown: Rushed for over 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns during his junior season.

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Tom Hauck/Student SportsRunning back L.J. Scott posted a 110.82 SPARQ Rating at the Ohio combine.
RB: Darrin Hall Jr. (2015), 5-11 1/2, 194, Youngstown (Ohio) Austintown Fitch
Results: 4.68 40, 4.35 shuttle, 34.5' PB, 27.9" VJ, 83.64 SPARQ
Breakdown: Becoming one of the more heavily recruited backs for 2015 with offers already from Illinois, Indiana and Nebraska.

RB: L.J. Scott, 5-10, 224, Marion (Ohio) Harding
Results: 4.76 40, 4.25 shuttle, 42.0' PB, 30.4" VJ, 110.82 SPARQ
Breakdown: Well-built runner has been offered by Kent State and has an impressive list of suitors taking interest.

RB: Parris Campbell, 6-0, 181, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary's
Results: 4.47 40, 4.60 shuttle, 31.0' PB, 38.9" VJ, 92.37
Breakdown: Future Ohio State Buckeye carried his team to the OHSAA Division III State Championship.

RB: Jerome Baker Jr. , 6-1, 190, Cleveland (Ohio) Benedictine
Results: 4.54 40, 4.09 shuttle, 35.5' PB, 32.8" VJ, 106.35 SPARQ
Breakdown: Made significant improvements in every test from last year, raising his SPARQ Rating over 25 points.

WR: Thaddeus Snodgrass, 6-0, 180, Springfield (Ohio)
Results: 4.65 40, 4.30 shuttle, 35.0' PB, 30.8" VJ, 88.23 SPARQ
Breakdown: Highly ranked receiver has a long list of offers and recently picked up first two from SEC schools Kentucky and South Carolina.

WR: Terry McLaurin, 6-0, 175, Indianapolis Cathedral
Results: 4.43 40, 4.29 shuttle, 39.0' PB, 38.0" VJ, 116.55 SPARQ
Breakdown: McLaurin was the go-to player through the air this season, leading Cathedral to another state championship.

TE: Beau Hoffman, 6-1 1/2, 197, Massillon (Ohio) Washington
Results: 4.73 40, 4.03 shuttle, 42.5' PB, 33.2 VJ, 119.58 SPARQ
Breakdown: Extremely impressive to see a player of his size and position post the top SPARQ Rating on the day.

OL: Nathaniel Devers, 6-3, 270, Massillon (Ohio) Washington
Results: 5.19 40, 4.76 shuttle, 38.0' PB, 22.5" VJ, 72.27 SPARQ
Breakdown: Moves extremely well for size; it’s ideal for a guard prospect to be able to get out on edge.

OL: Brady Taylor, 6-4, 267, Columbus (Ohio) Bishop Ready
Results: 5.12 40, 4.62 shuttle, 37.0' PB, 26.4" VJ, 80.04 SPARQ
Breakdown: Bowling Green and Toledo have jumped in early with offers and should see more to come.

ATH: Dennis Briggs, 5-10, 195, Pittsburgh Shady Side Academy
Results: 4.65 40, 4.19 shuttle, 36.0' PB, 33.2" VJ, 100.53 SPARQ
Breakdown: After a strong junior year, the versatile back showed the speed necessary to possibly play ball on the collegiate level.

ATH: Malik Seales, 5-9, 222, Flint (Mich.) Carmen-Ainsworth
Results: 4.83 40, 4.35 shuttle, 40' PB
Breakdown: Dual-threat type running back caught 82 passes for 832 yards as a junior.


DEFENSE

DL: Alex Neering, 6-6 1/2, 230, Essexville (Mich.) Garber
Results: 5.10 40, 4.66 shuttle, 39.0' PB, 28.2" VJ, 78.15 SPARQ
Breakdown: Has ideal size with above-average speed to garner some attention as a rush end. He was named to multiple all-state teams this season.

DL: Charlie Yost, 6-5, 231, Livonia (Mich.) Churchill
Results: 5.11 40, 4.47 shuttle, 35.5' PB, 26.0" VJ, 73.17 SPARQ
Breakdown: Monster junior season consisted of 12 tackles for loss with 102 total tackles and earned him Detroit Free Press All-Area honors.

DL: Kenny Finley, 6-2, 269, Muskegon (Mich.)
Results: 5.23 40, 4.59 shuttle, 37.0' PB, 29.5" VJ, 85.02 SPARQ
Breakdown: Strong and athletic, Finley had a strong junior season and could really benefit from more impressive performances this spring.

LB: Dameon Willis, 6-1, 210, Cleveland St. Ignatius
Results: 4.74 40, 4.60 shuttle, 38.0' PB, 32.8" VJ, 90.84 SPARQ
Breakdown: Don’t be surprised to see a few schools come offering Willis, who was the top underclassman on the nationally ranked St. Ignatius squad.

LB: Chris Frey Jr. , 6-2, 214, Columbus (Ohio) Upper Arlington
Results: 4.75 40, 4.31 shuttle, 37.5' PB, 33.3 VJ, 100.20 SPARQ
Breakdown: Versatile athlete has offers to play linebacker as well as safety.

LB: Airius Moore, 5-11 1/2, 212, Beavercreek (Ohio) High
Results: 5.08 40, 4.41 shuttle, 41.0' PB, 28.3" VJ, 89.16 SPARQ
Breakdown: Was selected to multiple postseason teams, leading to offers from Illinois and Cincinnati.

DB: Jalen Fox, 5-10, 175, Wyoming (Ohio) High
Results: 4.75 40, 4.40 shuttle 35.0' PB, 37.4" VJ, 90.27 SPARQ
Breakdown: Was a Division III all-state selection after recording five interceptions and 57 tackles during his junior season.

DB: Shaun Crawford (2015) , 5-9, 168, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward's
Results: 4.51 40, 4.23 shuttle, 30.5' PB, 37.4" VJ, 90.03 SPARQ
Breakdown: The defensive back is also an electrifying wide receiver, but it’s his cover skills that have earned him offers from Tennessee and Illinois.

DB: Jack Walz, 5-10.5, 191, Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward's
Results: 4.65 40, 3.90 shuttle, 34.0' PB, 33.6" VJ, 107.73 SPARQ
Breakdown: Fleet-footed cover corner posted the day’s top shuttle time.

DB: Tim Cason, 5-11 1/2, 179, Clarkston (Mich.) High
Results: 4.78 40, 4.25 shuttle, 37.0' PB, 30.3" VJ, 88.41 SPARQ
Breakdown: Had a breakout junior season, leading to offers from Bowling Green, Toledo and Michigan State.

ATH: Marcus Whitfield, 5-11 1/2, 166, Massillon (Ohio) Washington
Results: 4.58 40, 3.95 SH, 35.0' PB, 29.6" VJ, 99.87 SPARQ
Breakdown: Akron, Toledo and Kent State have offered the speedy two-way standout.

ATH: Marcus Samuels, 5-9, 169, Riverview (Mich.) High
Results: 4.46 40, 4.40 shuttle, 31.5' PB, 35.8" VJ, 92.82 SPARQ
Breakdown: Rushed for 1,285 yards last season earning a spot on the Division 3 AP All-State Team.

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