Virginia Tech received their fifteenth commitment of the 2014 class when Brady Taylor, an offensive lineman from Columbus, Ohio, committed to the Hokies. Considered a three-star prospect by both rivals.com and 247sports.com, Taylor was thought to be a heavy lean towards Kentucky, but on Monday evening, he selected Virginia Tech over the Wildcats and West Virginia.
Taylor represents the fifth offensive lineman commit for the Hokies 2014 recruiting class, all coming from out-of-state. New offensive line coach Jeff Grimes has shown that he can recruit, and is willing to travel to do so. A strong offensive line is instrumental in establishing a running game and protecting the quarterback, so for a team like Virginia Tech who is trying to rebuild their offense, Taylor’s commitment comes as great news.
Grimes’s first OL commitment came in late May when Eric Gallo, a guard from Pennsylvania chose the Hokies, followed a month later by Tyrell Smith out of New Jersey. Gallo is listed as 6’2” 274 lbs, Smith 6’3” 259 lbs. Both are considered two-star prospects by rivals.com. Two-star recruits might not seem very exciting, but both were handpicked by Grimes to fit into his system.
Following Gallo and Smith, a pair of three-star prospects, Billy Ray Mitchell (6’3” 288) and Colt Pettit (6’4” 251) committed within a week of each other. Grimes has shown that he can go out and pull in recruits from areas where Virginia Tech is not usually a strong presence.
None of the recruits are elite prospects, but in a tweet a couple months back Grimes pointed out that “Of the 9 O-Linemen who were 1st round NFL draft picks this year, only TWO were ranked higher than a 3 star coming out of high school.”
Hokie fans should be excited about the future, especially if this group, which some have already nicknamed the Fab 5, can come together as a unit.