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Sean Spencer and Co. head to western Ohio for another Wild Dog in defensive end Brandon Taylor. He's the latest in what's becoming a long list of Ohioans to make their way to Happy Valley.
|Position: Strong-side defensive end|
|Height/Weight: 6'2/250 lbs.|
|High School: Lima Senior (Lima, OH)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8721)|
|Positional Rank: No. 574 Overall, No. 25 Strong-side defensive end, No. 17 in Ohio|
|Commitment Date: June 28, 2019|
Taylor plays a very physical brand of football. He's a bit slow off the ball, but his strength and speed have allowed him to become a playmaker. He plays bigger than his 6'2 frame would indicate and he is always around the football. Taylor is more than willing to play the run and does a great job of correctly reading quarterbacks on option plays.
There's a lot to like about Taylor, but he needs time to develop into an every-down player. A year on the scout team will allow him to hone his craft against some high-level offensive lineman every day, preparing him for the rigors of the Big Ten. He could see some time in blowouts, but Taylor should be a true redshirt in his first year before his role begins to increase over time.
|Daniel Joseph*||Jayson Oweh*||Smith Vilbert*|
|Shane Simmons*||Nick Tarburton*||Zuriah Fisher|
|Shaka Toney*||Adisa Isaac||Bryce Mostella|
* denotes redshirt season taken