Nevada is a state that Kentucky's football coaches have almost never frequented or made a recruiting priority, but it is home to a Class of 2019 offensive lineman with talent and deep ties to the Commonwealth.
Beau Taylor attends prep powerhouse Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, Nev., and he visits Kentucky this weekend. Taylor spoke with Cats Illustrated before his trip to Lexington.
The three-star offensive tackle, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound high school junior, will be visiting Western Kentucky and Kentucky over the weekend, and he's one of the top linemen in a state with more talent than most people outside the West region probably realize.
Bishop Gorman is by far the top talent producing program in the state and one of the best talent pipelines in the West.
So why is Taylor visiting Kentucky?
"It's funny you ask about my history with UK," Taylor explained. "My dad and his family are from Kentucky and my birth announcement actually (had) me laying on a football with a UK blanket behind me. I have pictures from when I was a baby up until now of me on the field and have family and friends who are diehard fans and season ticket holders.
"I had a chance to visit this summer along with (going to) a Vanderbilt camp and visit and a WKU visit," Taylor explained. "Out of all the schools I have visited, I spent the most time at UK and with Coach (John) Schlarman."
Taylor has the family history with Kentucky, but he's also got major interest in the Cats based on what's happening in Lexington now.
"Their facilities are second to none and the chance of playing in the SEC is something I've always dreamed of," Taylor told Cats Illustrated. "UK is one of about three or four SEC schools that I hear from regularly."
The Kentucky-Tennessee game is one that Taylor can't wait to take in.
"At an early age, I was brought up to bleed blue, hate a certain orange, hate a certain song and even a certain dog," Taylor said, laughing.
Taylor has early offers from Boise State, UNLV and Western Kentucky.
He is also a member of two different national honor societies.