Class of 2018 defensive back Isaac Taylor from St. Augustine High School in San Diego, CA has caught the eye of some Pac-12 schools recently. The four-star recruit holds offers from Arizona, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington State. Notre Dame and San Diego State have also offered him.
He is also on Stanford’s radar, though they have yet to offer. Taylor may attend Stanford’s camp this year but is still pinning down details. Taylor has seen himself go through a transformation after his track season, picking up speed and bulk. In fact, the defensive back said he has gained twenty pounds of muscle in the last 15 months, bringing his weight up to 183 pounds.
“Ever since I’ve been putting on weight, I’ve been getting faster and stronger so that’s great,” Taylor said.
Taylor said he can see parts of his game in Richard Sherman and Deion Sanders. Sherman because the two are built similarly – The former Stanford defensive back is 6-foot-3 and Taylor stands at 6-foot-2 – and he said there are parts of Sanders’ cover skills that remind him of himself.
“I’m a versatile defense back, I can hit you really hard and I have the best catch-up speed. My jamming is really good. If you get off the line, that’s a miracle,” Taylor laughed.
Taylor has been hearing about life as a Stanford football player from his friend and Cardinal cornerback Frank Buncom. Once Buncom became a member of the Cardinal, Taylor kept an eye on the team throughout the 2015 season. He said that connection helps him envision himself at the next level.
“It really helps me because I know what to expect later on. It’s fun to know what’s going on at Stanford and how the life is and how school is,” Taylor said.
It is still early in Taylor’s recruitment, and he plans on visiting USC and UCLA in the coming months. He is still taking his recruitment day-by-day but has a set of priorities in place for his college destination.
“The top thing for me is I have to have something if football doesn’t work out,” Taylor said. “I have to have a backup plan and a great connection with the coaches.”
And in the meantime, he is going to continue to hit the weights.
“I just keep gaining weight, getting stronger, getting…and getting faster. The faster I am, the easier it will be for me to cover."