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Isaac Taylor-Stuart discusses Michigan, recruitment status
Isaac Taylor-Stuart, the nation’s No. 32 overall prospect in 2018 who holds a 4-star rating by the 247Sports Composite, received an offer from Michigan earlier this week.
The cornerback from San Diego now boasts offers from a host of top schools nationally, including Alabama, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UCLA and USC.
A West Coast native, Taylor-Stuart has been open to leaving home for the next step in his football career, even visiting Alabama as a junior.
He broke down his recruitment with Land of 10 following his Wolverines offer.
On his conversation with Michigan: “Coach (Jim) Harbaugh called me and we talked about the school at Michigan. He told me they were going to offer me over a year ago, too. I talked with (cornerbacks coach Michael Zordich), too. We talked about my game and play fitting into their style.”
On Michigan’s program: “It’s a really great program. They lost some last-second games, but, overall, they’re really great. The academics of the school are really great, too.”
On what stands out about Michigan: “What caught my attention was when a Michigan corner caught it with one hand (Jourdan Lewis vs. Wisconsin). I started watching more Michigan football after that. I really like to watch Jabrill Peppers, too; we both wear No. 5.”
On Harbaugh: “He’s a former NFL head coach, so he has a lot of connections. I talked to my mom about the Michigan offer, and she’s a 49ers fan, so she likes Coach Harbaugh. My dad — he isn’t much of a talker — but he thinks Coach is great, too.”
On visiting Michigan: “I definitely want to visit. I just have to plan it out … the biggest thing is money for an unofficial visit. But I want to visit Michigan.”
On his fit at Michigan: “Jamming at the line, pressing and man coverage — that’s my game. And that’s what Michigan’s game is, too. So, I believe I would fit really well into the program.”
The effect of leaving the West Coast: “Leaving home doesn’t really have much of an effect. I’ve always moved around so much.”
On Alabama being his leader, and the heavy favorite: “That’s false. When I first visited Alabama, it was my favorite visit at the time. But the more I started talking to other schools, the more they weren’t my favorite. Schools have become more interested, so I’ve started to look closely at others.”
On the schools standing out to him right now: “Alabama, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and USC. Those are the main schools standing out to me right now, and talking to me the most.”
Taylor-Stuart could become Michigan’s primary cornerback target — and possibly top target on defense overall — in the 2018 class.
Expect him to visit in the spring. But if the logistics can’t be worked out, an official visit is likely.
Quick quotes, programming note
Here are some quick-hitters on what we’ve been hearing this week, along with a programming note to keep in mind for next week.
- L’Christian “Blue” Smith told Land of 10 that Michigan is in his top 5 right now. The 6-foot-6, 205-pound receiver is rated a 4-star prospect and the No. 3 recruit in the state of Ohio.
- Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 4-star CB recruit Al Blades Jr. told Land of 10 that Michigan will be a top team throughout his recruitment: “They have a heavy tradition for holding people to high standards.”
- I’m going on vacation! So with that, these daily pieces will be incognito (like me) until Saturday, Feb. 18. See you then.