Sophomore Corner Isaac Taylor Talks Recent Offers From Arizona, Notre Dame and UCLA

May 9 -- San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine four-star sophomore athlete Isaac Taylor has quickly established himself as one of the top recruits in the 2018 class out West...

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Isaac Taylor is among the top athletes out West and his stock has really risen fast in the last month.

The two-way standout could play corner, safety or receiver in college but is being recruited primarily as a corner right now. He lit up the recent Opening Regional Camp in L.A in February and tested off the charts clocking a 4.43-40, 4.27-shuttle and jumped 38" in the vertical while measuring in at 6-foot-1, 176 pounds.

That kind of length and athleticism is coveted by every college in America and his sophomore film backs it up as well. With five offers on the table, it's not going out on too big of a limb to say Taylor will likely hit double digit offers by the summer.

San Diego State was first up to offer Taylor mid-way through the season and Utah followed suit just a week later.

"That SDSU offer was great but it really didn't hit me up until about five days later," Taylor said. "Then I realized, 'man I'm going to college for free,' and it was a great feeling. That's the local school and I've been there before so it felt great and meant a lot to me, it showed my hard work was paying off.

"Utah was surprising, I really didn't think I would get any more offers that early. They have a great defense and at the time they offered, their team was rolling so that felt great. I was offered by a coach who's no longer with the program so I need to get back in touch with them and I would love to get out there and visit the campus if I can."

UCLA offered Taylor last week and Arizona and Notre Dame pulled the trigger on Wednesday. 

"I visited UCLA the first day of spring practice and loved it there," Taylor said. "I've been in contact with Coach Martin, the DB coach and I like him a lot. UCLA is an incredible school and the campus is beautiful there. My campus is kind of small so walking around UCLA and seeing all the building and the new facilities going up was really nice.

"All my teachers at my school love UCLA and I like what they're building there. I'm planning to visit again this summer at some point and I'm excited to build that relationship with them."

Arizona was first to offer Wednesday morning:

"Coach Rod Smith came by my school this week so I thought they might be interested," Taylor said. "Then on Wednesday, my coach had me call him and that's when he offered.

"It's always exciting to get an offer and Arizona is a place I really want to visit. Coach Smith told me he likes my size and speed and I want to learn as much as I can about them. I don't know as much about them as other schools since I haven't visited yet but I definitely want to check them out and see what they have to offer."

A few hours later, the offer from Notre Dame came in.

"Coach Sanford was at my school on Tuesday," Taylor said. "He left the DB coach's business card for me and said to call him up on Wednesday. I  called him up and that's when I found out they were offering me and I couldn't believe it.

"Notre Dame has incredible tradition and I was pretty blown away. I honestly never expected any of this to happen for me. Getting some of these offers is such a blessing, I didn't think I would have any until after my junior season. It's humbling and exciting at the same time and hopefully things continue to pick up for me."

Several other prominent programs have been by the school over the past few days as well.

"Coach Campbell from Oregon, Coach Nansen from USC and Coach (Jay) Harbaugh from Michigan all visited on Thursday," Taylor said. "Right now, I'm just taking things slow and have no plans to make an early decision. I want to talk to my family and take my visits first.

"I know I'll visit USC, UCLA and Stanford this summer but not sure where else right now. Frank Buncom is at Stanford and he's a former teammate of mine and really likes it there. Growing up, my favorite school was actually Alabama but I don't have any favorites right now. I'm open to everyone and just looking forward to going through the process."


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