While in eighth grade, Brady Taylor went to an Ohio State football game with his mother, Susan.
Even then, he was determined that one day he would be more than a spectator at Ohio Stadium.
“I told my mom, ‘I’m going to play here one day. You know that, right?’ ” Taylor recalled yesterday.
Susan was a tad skeptical. She’s such a big Buckeyes fan that she tears up during Script Ohio, Taylor said. The thought of her son playing for the Buckeyes must have seemed too good to be true.
“I said, ‘No, Mom, I’m serious,’ ” Taylor said. “I’m going to play here one day.”
The path was longer than he would have preferred, but the dream came true yesterday. The Ready offensive lineman became the 22nd commitment to Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class.
Taylor, 6 feet 5 and 280 pounds, wasn’t at the top of OSU’s wish list. But when the Buckeyes failed to get commitments from other top offensive linemen, they turned to Taylor, who had committed to Virginia Tech after the Buckeyes were slow to offer.
“I wouldn’t say it was frustrating,” Taylor said. “I was working for this offer since probably my sophomore year. This was my motivation and where I wanted to be.
“When you finally get it, it’s a relief. Really, in college it doesn’t matter (where you rank in a recruiting class). As long as the ship sails and you’re on it, it doesn’t matter. If you’re good enough, you’ll play.”
Coincidentally, Ohio State plays Virginia Tech in 2014 and 2015.
“It’s definitely weird,” Taylor said. “But the coaches (at Virginia Tech) are very understanding and understood my situation.”
In December, Taylor was named to the first team of the Associated Press Division VI all-Ohio team and to the first team of The Dispatch all-metro team, encompassing schools of all divisions in Franklin and its six contiguous counties.
Taylor said OSU offensive line coach Ed Warinner called him on Thursday with a tentative offer, subject to head coach Urban Meyer’s approval. Taylor and Meyer had met a couple of times, but Taylor wanted his mom to meet the coach before saying yes.
At 8:45 yesterday morning, the Taylor family met with Meyer. At 9 a.m., Taylor accepted the offer.
“It’s one of those things that growing up in Columbus, you kind of live it,” Taylor said of being a Buckeye. “The fans are crazy and the ’Shoe and everything is crazy. Some kids when they’re younger want to be astronauts or teachers; I always wanted to be a Buckeye.”