On Saturday, four-star San Diego (Calif) St. Augustine cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart paid a quick hour-and-a-half visit to Berkeley, and came out of the trip a changed man.
"The visit was great," he said on Monday. "It was better then I thought I was going to be, to be honest."
Taylor-Stuart came up with a group, and said that the trip changed the way he viewed California.
"I'm very happy. It was one of the most shocking visits I have seen," he said. "I didn't realize how beautiful the stadium was, and the locker room, the facility, it's a great place. I didn't think it was going to look like that. I wish I could have seen more but there was a time budget."
During his whirlwind visit, Taylor-Stuart was greeted by defensive backs coach Gerald Alexander, straight out of the car.
"We first talked about the DB stances, and he taught me a new way to press a wide receiver, which was pretty cool," Taylor-Stuart said. "We talked how he was in the NFL and now he's in coaching. He showed us a tour of Cal also, and we watched a little of Cal's film highlights. It had my adrenaline pumping, like, I wanted to play. Talking with him gave me a deep, good vibe."
Taylor-Stuart also got to speak with head coach Justin Wilcox, although he didn't know Wilcox was the skipper, when they first met.
"Later on the day he pulled me into his office and we talked about life," Taylor-Stuart said. "It was great just 'cause we don't have to talk about football 24/7. <y first impression of him was good. At first, I didn't realized who he was until my DB coach, coach Alexander, told me, but yeah, he's a great guy, when I was talking with him."
Taylor-Stuart also got to spend time with defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter
"He's talking about how I should come down and watch a spring practice, and see how he really coaches," Taylor-Stuart said. "He was fired up to see me."
Taylor-Stuart doesn't quite know when that will be, as even this visit was spur-of-the-moment. He does go home, however, with a lot to think about.