St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif. has become an offensive juggernaut in recent years, steamrolling through most of their opponents while putting up 50 and 60 points at a time. This season the Braves averaged 58.9 points per game. Even the playoff game they lost this season, they scored 52 points.
They have produced offensive playmakers like the 2015 class’ top quarterback Josh Rosen and 2016 dynamic scat back Sean McGrew. St. John Bosco has also sent some top-notch offensive linemen with five-star guard Damien Mama in 2014, four-star Zach Robertson in 2015 and five-star Wyatt Davis currently creating holes.
But the next wave of big-time prospects might come on the defensive side of the ball where a pair of 2018 safeties are quickly earning a reputation as ballhawks that can cover a lot of territory. Jaiden Woodbey has seen scholarship offers begin to roll in, including one from USC on Thursday, while 6-foot, 175-pound Stephan Blaylock shouldn’t be far behind.
Blaylock was in for Bosco’s first defensive play of the season and earned more and more playing time down the stretch of his sophomore season and made some big plays, including a 32-yard interception returned for a touchdown in a playoff game against La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat.
He has been drawing some interest in the last couple of months, taking with the California coaching staff in the last month after having prior discussions with Boston College. But his recent performances on the 7-on-7 circuit are likely to elicit even more attention. Blaylock would rather be in full pads so that he can bring the pain, but he’s trying to make the most of the opportunity.
“I see myself as a safety because I like coming down and making hits,” Blaylock said. “Corner wise, it's a big impact, but tackling wise, you don't get much action.”
Growing up, Blaylock said he has been an Alabama and a UCLA fan. He chose the Crimson Tide just to spite a cousin who was cheering for Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators in the 2008 SEC Championship and has been rooting for them ever since. While Blaylock would enjoy having offers from both of his childhood favorites, he’s not closing off any schools. He’s hoping to stay healthy this spring and work his way toward more interaction with coaches.
“I've got a long ways to go. So if I was to get an offer, I would just be humbled about it and be blessed. I'm about to be a junior next year, so I've got some years ahead of me.”
Due to the time constraints of his academic, 7-on-7 and family schedule, Blaylock doesn’t currently have any unofficial visits planned for this offseason, but additional trips to USC and UCLA, where he has previously visited, could be possible.
Blaylock said he’s definitely interested in USC in part because academics are a focus in his college search as well as coaches and players that “you can bond with because you don’t want to be on a team that you can’t bond or have fun with.”
The Trojans also stand out because of their history.
“I know a lot of guys make it out of USC like to the NFL and then not even to the NFL, just like after college. I know a lot of dudes graduate from there. I know a degree from USC is a big thing for people.”