In a bit of a shocker, three-star offensive tackle Brady Taylor picked Virginia Tech today over Kentucky.
Kentucky was the clear favorite for the Columbus, Ohio native among fans, analysts and recruits, but in the end Taylor opted for the Hokies over the Wildcats.
The good news for Kentucky is that they are still in good shape for a commitment from four-star offensive lineman Nick Richardson, which could be coming any day now. Richardson is the No. 19 offensive tackle in the class and falls just barely outside the top 200 overall in 2014, according to Rivals.com.
The bad news is that Kentucky will have to scrounge for another offensive lineman in a rather thin market. The coaching staff will likely pursue at least one JuCo offensive lineman — like four-star Avery Gennesy — in addition to another high schooler to take Taylor’s place.
One recruit who may benefit from Taylor’s decision is Andrew Harrell, a 6’4″, 306 lbs. offensive lineman from Tallahassee, Florida. Harrell appears to be a likely candidate to receive a scholarship offer now that Taylor is off the board. Although he is rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals, the big guy impressed the Kentucky staff with his size and strength while he was on campus.
The Cats will also continue to pursue Marcelys Jones, a four-star offensive lineman from Cleveland, Ohio who is currently committed to Ohio State.