The new Kentucky football staff suffered a rare recruiting loss Monday.
Ohio offensive lineman Brady Taylor — considered by most to be favoring UK — committed to Virginia Tech over the Wildcats.
Taylor — a 6-foot-5, 265-pound offensive tackle from Columbus — is ranked as a three-star prospect by all of the major recruiting services. He also had scholarship offers from West Virginia, Pittsburgh, N.C. State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Minnesota and Purdue, among many others.
Rivals.com lists Taylor as the No. 57 offensive tackle in the class of 2014 and the No. 48 prospect from the state of Ohio. Eight of Kentucky’s 21 commitments for 2014 have come from the Buckeye State.
Kentucky is also targeting four-star offensive lineman Nick Richardson, another Ohio native who could make a college decision this week. Rivals ranks Richardson as the No. 19 offensive tackle in the class, and UK is considered a heavy favorite in his recruitment.
UK has two commitments from class of 2014 offensive linemen — Jarrett LaRubbio and Derrick Kelly.