Jarek Taylor, is, to say the least, a well-traveled young man. He was born in New Jersey, lived in Germany through kindergarten and then moved to California for two years, where he lived at Fort Bragg with his U.S. Army father, and then Barstow, where he'd have Special Forces drop out of the sky and into his backyard on a regular basis, in order to get into the desert for survival training.
"They'd drop them out of helicopters, and they'd fan out in the backyard, they didn't say anything, and they'd walk into the desert. It was interesting," says Taylor.
From Barstow, he and his family drove out to North Carolina, staying at a new hotel every night and visiting national parks. From North Carolina, the family moved briefly back to Germany, and then, finally, five years ago, settled in Alabama.
The Madison (Ala.) Bob Jones junior cornerback has so far earned five scholarship offers, with the latest coming from California's head coach, Sonny Dykes.
"They came after me. I'm not really sure how, but they've been mailing me a lot, lately. It's one of those surprises. I thought it was just going to be one of the schools that mailed me, and was just kind of far, so I didn't expect to see so much out of it. They ended up offering me," says Taylor. "He was telling me he likes my speed, because I run track, also, and I can also kick, so it makes me a versatile player. He said he likes that I'm willing to do anything to help my team win."
Last season, Taylor registered about 80 tackles, he says, along with 9-10 pass deflections and 24 assisted tackles. He also has a 4.43 40-yard dash and a 3.5 GPA.
Though he has yet to speak with new defensive backs coach Greg Burns, Taylor has plans to change that fact.
"If I do go up there this summer, if I go to camp or something, I will be trying to meet all the coaches up there," says Taylor, who was offered on March 12. "It is a possibility, but I'm not quite sure when yet. I plan on getting involved with this 7on7 travel team, called Tennessee Express, so I'll probably be in that area. If I can't make a camp, I will make a visit this summer."
Cal heads to Alabama for Well-Traveled CB
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