The recent graduate says time has exactly stood still.
“It’s gone super fast. I’m doing track right now. That’s really helped it slow down a bit, but I think about if I had not done track. It would have gone super fast,” said Gaylord. “It’s mixed emotions, but I’m really excited for something new in my life. At the same time, it will be a little sad to leave my family alone for the time being. But I’m excited and ready for a new challenge in my life.”
Gaylord will be competing in the Kansas 4A state track meet this weekend, both in the shot and discus. A regional champion, the Husker signee posted top three throws this season in 4A (discus – 173 feet / shot – 53 feet), meaning he should be able to compete for a Kansas State championship in both events.
“That’s what I’m hoping for,” said Gaylord, who hopes to leave Baldwin a state champion. “I’m leaving a legacy behind. I would like kids to follow my footsteps. I wanted to leave a legacy of hard work and determination. I wanted kids to look up towards me and see where I’m going. I wanted to prove that a little small town kid could end up going to a big place like Nebraska if that was their dream.”
In preparation for a life of football starting this summer, the offensive tackle works out daily and with a trainer three times a week. Currently he stands 6-foot-7 and 293-pounds.
“I have gained a lot of weight from my junior year, but some websites have me at 270,” said Gaylord. “Every Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday I have a workout with my trainer. Everyday I wake up around 6 a.m. and go to our citywide workout. I workout in the afternoons as well. Then my day repeats. I have been busy training. I want to get a lot stronger.”
Gaylord reports he will be rooming with fellow offensive lineman Michael Decker during summer workouts, but is not entirely who he will be living with in the fall. The Kansas prep talks with Nebraska offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh daily.
“He’s a great guy. He’s very goofy, but he’s a coach and you have to respect him. I’m looking forward to learning from him,” said Gaylord, who already seems to know what will be happening in year one.
“I will redshirt this year, but my goal is to work as hard as I can and hopefully work my way up to a starting role or getting a lot of playing time early in my career. It’s every kid’s dream to start at Nebraska when they are little.”
While he has plenty of time, Gaylord is thinking of majoring in nutrition.
“I think it would be cool,” said Gaylord. “I like to eat and all types of food. I think it could be something.”