The offer from Jernaro Gilford and BYU was a shocking experience for Dallas Taylor_cortez to say the least. However, the patience of Taylor-Cortez payed finally off after his received his chance in only two quarters of play prior to an injury.
“I was shocked, honestly!” said Taylor-Cortez. “This was my, I think, my second game starting on the season because I play behind some seniors, Kyron Charles and Jahlil Pinkett. Practicing with them really did help me out. Kyron got hurt so I got to play this last game and had a really good first half. Then I got hurt towards the end of the second quarter. My mom ran over to me after I was doing everything and she told me, ‘I just talked to the BYU coach, Coach Gilford, and he wanted me to tell you that you just got your first scholarship offer from BYU!’ I was just speechless. I didn’t know what to say.”
Taylor-Cortez joins a few of his fellow teammates who have received a division one scholarship offer.
“I was just really happy, honestly,” said Taylor-Cortez. “It’s really good when all the hard work does pay off.”
After receiving his BYU scholarship offer, Taylor-Cortez called Coach Gilford just to check to see if he truly had an offer. Coach Gilford confirmed to Taylor-Cortez that he indeed had an offer and that he has a lot of tools the staff can develop for the next level.
“Yeah, I called Coach Gilford and he was telling me about the school,” said Taylor-Cortez. “He was telling me that he really liked my speed and my height. He said I had a lot of things that he looks for in a recruit. He said the rest he can develop and I like that a lot, because obviously I have a lot of stuff that I can work on. I just want to go to the best place that can help me develop to try and reach the next level.”
Taylor-Cortez is currently looking more into what BYU has to offer as a major university with a top football program under Kalani Sitake. The 6-2, 176-pound junior from West Hills, California has the size and speed to play both cornerback and free safety. He’s heard many good things about BYU from those around him.
“I hear a lot about them,” Taylor-Cortez said. “I hear a lot about them from my teammates and they’re always talking about BYU. Another player from my school T.J. Pledger has an offer from BYU, and Tyler Asemota also has an offer from BYU.”
Wide receiver Tyler Asemota is currently committed to Oregon State but was in attendance at Lavell Edwards Stadium during a recent game. T.J. Pledger, a junior, is an all-purpose back who can play free safety and strong safety as well. Pledger has yet to commit to a school of his choice.
“We talked about BYU and just about how it was,” Taylor-Cortez said. “Talking to both of them they like BYU and said BYU was a really good school. They were telling me that we should all look into it together.”
A member of the 2018 class, Taylor-Cortez is flying under the recruiting radar. However, the potential of Taylor-Cortez didn’t escape the keen eye of Jernaro Gilford.
“This is my first year on varsity and I guess I just had to get used to it,” Taylor-Cortez said. “I didn’t really develop into the player that could be ready for college, but I did get letters from Yale, Mizzou, and some other colleges for track. Coaches were recruiting me for track but not for football. I think I’m kind of a late bloomer when it comes to football.”
A two sport athlete, Taylor-Cortez had focused a lot on running track where he compete in the 400-meters.
“I run track and I run the 400x,” said Taylor-Cortez. “I run the 400 in 48.81 as a sophomore. I haven’t done my forty yet but I plan on doing it in the off-season.”
BYU being his first scholarship offer to date, Taylor-Cortez places the Cougars at the top of his list for now. Now he’ll hit the internet and begin learning more about what he was given.
“BYU is number one on my list right now,” said Taylor-Cortez with a chuckle in his voice. “Right now, BYU is number one. I do still have some research to do to learn more about what BYU has to offer. I do want to come out for an unofficial visit if not this season then in the off-season. I definitely want to check it out.”