Kansas has added a lock down cover guy in JUCO transfer cornerback Shakial Taylor, according to Chenelle Jones, his defensive coordinator at Mesa Community College.
“He covered the top receivers of everybody we played, and 90 percent of the time he was in man coverage with no safety help. That’s the role we use our top corner for,” Jones said. “The player that played that role the previous year was Marloshawn Franklin, who went to Cal. Pretty much he’s the dominant corner on the team.”
Taylor transferred to Mesa after one season at South Dakota State.
“He realized he had shorted himself,” Jones said about the move.
“He’s a cover guy. When we developed the game plan, we knew whoever he was covering was basically eliminated from the game,” Jones said. “His ability to eliminate the top receiver every game was a big help for us. That allowed us to go zone on the other side of the field.
“He’s not a guy that has six or seven interceptions, because that’s not what he’s doing for us. He was a total shut down guy. He was face-to-face most of the time.”
Jones said Taylor’s technique and speed are a great combination at corner.
“He’s a true 4.4 (40) guy,” Jones said. “They’re going to get him bigger and faster there with their training staff and all the things Division 1 football can bring him that we couldn’t.”
Taylor will also be an asset off the field, according to Jones.
“He’s a great guy. He’s a leader, but not by mouth — he leads by action. He’s quiet and to himself,” he said. “He’ll compete with you until the sun goes down and comes back up, but he’s not going to do a lot of mouthing or any of that stuff.
“He wanted to play Big 12 ball, so he was leaning that way once he got that opportunity.”