Ready offensive lineman Brady Taylor's work in the weight room the past few months paid off in a Division I scholarship to Virginia Tech.

On July 29, the 6-5, 264-pound left tackle announced to a group of friends and family that he'd be signing to play for the Hokies, selecting the school over a list of Division I offers that also included Kentucky and West Virginia.

I can't remember the last time a Ready football player was as hyped as Taylor will be entering his senior season.

"It's everything I have ever wanted in a school," Taylor said. "It's close to home, they've got great coaches, great academics, crazy fans, national contention. I couldn't go wrong."

Virginia Tech is an interesting choice in itself. There haven't been a lot of players from central Ohio who have landed at that school, but since it plays in a BCS conference, it's tough to knock the choice.

If he would have chosen Kentucky, the new regime the Wildcats have started under Mark Stoops would have had an even bigger central Ohio feel to it.

Westerville Central OL Nick Richardson and Westerville South TE Darryl Long are among the players from the area who have verballed to UK.