Got a chance to exchange with Ready's Brady Taylor last night, and he says that he'll be announcing his college decision sometime in the early evening of July 29 at his house among friends.
Taylor is a 6-5, 264-pound offensive lineman who lists Kentucky and Virginia Tech near the top of his list. He's a member of what appears to be a strong senior class at Ready after the Silver Knights started only four seniors a year ago.
*Over the next few days, I'll post some comments from Hilliard Davidson senior Phillipie Motley about his decision to verbally commit to Pittsburgh. For those wondering, by the way, his name is pronounced like you would say "Felipe," according to Davidson coach Brian White. Motley told me on a quick text last night that he was recruited by Pitt as a DB.
*It's getting late into the summer, so we should be hearing soon about the futures of area basketball talent like Africentric's Alexa Hart, Reynoldsburg's Alyssa Rice and Gahanna's Javon Bess. According to ESPNHoopGurlz, the 6-3 Rice is ranked the 11th prospect in the nation and Hart is ranked 16th among the 2014 class. Those who followed the girls state tournament last year probably remember Kettering Fairmont's Makayla Waterman and Kathryn Westbeld, and they are ranked 30th and 31st, respectively.
Thus far, the first big name to drop among the 2014 boys recruits is Pickerington Central's Jae'Sean Tate, who verballed a while back to Ohio State.
With the school year and fall football practice preparing to start next month, you can bet that a few central Ohio players will make their verbal commitments.
The next two dominoes to fall could be Ready's Brady Taylor and Westerville Central's Nick Richardson.
I checked in with both Ready coach Joel Cutler and Westerville Central coach John Magistro on Monday, and both tell me they expect their players to make their selections probably before the season starts in late August.
Taylor, a 6-5, 264-pounder who according to Cutler has shown tremendous dedication in the weight room the past few months, is sifting through offers from Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and West Virginia. According to Cutler, Taylor has at times shown an affinity for Virginia Tech; at other times, he's seemed most interested in Kentucky.
Kentucky has a new coaching staff that's headed by Mark Stoops, who has hit the Ohio recruiting trail hard the last few months. Stoops, of course, is originally from northeast Ohio.
Richardson is 6-4, 285, and also is looking at Kentucky. Others on his list include West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Michigan State, Maryland, Indiana, Illinois, Cincinnati and some MAC schools.
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