Not 12 hours after we released our 2018 West Cornerbacks Watch List here on Scout, one of the top players on that list -- four-star corner Isaac Taylor-Stuart -- announced that he'd scored an offer from California. The two events were seemingly connected, but, no, Taylor-Stuart said; he actually got the offer on January 30.
"I was trying to find a person to edit a picture," Taylor-Stuart said, while watching another Cal offeree and San Diego native, 2018 five-star hoopster Miles Norris, play in his final home game of the season. Taylor-Stuart wanted to officially announce the offer in style.
Taylor-Stuart didn't immediately know that new Bears defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander spent five years as an NFL corner, when he got the offer. Stuart-Taylor and Alexander have talked three times this week, and it still hasn't come up.
"The offer went down two weeks ago ... My coach told me to call him," Taylor-Stuart said. "Coach Alexander is a great man. When he offered me he was saying I had great speed and quickness for my height and weight, [that] my film was perfect. Then, he said, 'We would like to offer you a full ride scholarship.'"
Taylor-Stuart has been piling up the paper over the last year, scoring offers from every Pac-12 team, save Arizona State, as well as offers from Alabama, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Penn State and Texas A&M. In total, he has 26 scholarship offers.
"This Cal offer is very prestigious honor to me because it's really great in academics," said Taylor-Stuart, who has a 3.33 GPA. "It's a very great school all around ... I haven't really researched them yet, but Cal speaks for itself -- really great academics and program."
As Alexander and Taylor-Stuart have built their relationship, the 32-year old NFL vet has already scored points.
"He can prepare me for the next level because he knows what it takes," Taylor-Stuart said. "[It's] even better that he went through it all. He's already made a great impression on me."