LINCOLN, Neb. — Four-star 2018 cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart remembers his first meeting with Nebraska’s newest corner, Elijah Blades.
It was last summer at a Nike Regionals camp. The two squared off in a 40-yard race. Just the two of them, one of the best cornerbacks in the 2017 class against one of the best in the 2018 class.
“He beat me,” Taylor-Stuart admitted, despite his previous clocking of 4.3 seconds in the 40.
After that day, Blades ended up getting an offer from Arizona and Taylor-Stuart hit up Blades on Twitter and said congrats. The two have kept in contact since.
They could be in even more contact in the coming months, with Taylor-Stuart eyeing Nebraska more and more as a place to play college football.
The No. 4 cornerback in the 2018 class told Land of 10 this week that he’s going to release his top 16 schools soon, and that USC, Alabama, Nebraska, Michigan, Washington, Oregon and Notre Dame will definitely be on the list.
Taylor-Stuart was most recently offered by BYU, Michigan and Oregon. He talked with Michigan tight ends and assistant special teams coach Jay Harbaugh on the phone when Michigan offered him a scholarship. Harbaugh went to the same high school as Taylor-Stuart (St. Augustine) in San Diego, Taylor-Stuart said.
Nebraska is making a concerted effort to recruit cornerbacks in this class, as head coach Mike Riley outlined in his National Signing Day press conference. Nebraska also wants to keep its recruiting connection in California. Taylor-Stuart checks both of those boxes.
The 6-foot-2, 187-pound prospect was offered by Nebraska in December. He’s since been in pretty constant contact with cornerbacks coach Donte Williams, he said.
The two have recently been talking about trying to get Taylor-Stuart to visit for the spring game on April 15.
“That would be fun,” Taylor-Stuart said. “My friends were talking about how they want to go, too. I asked my dad and mom and we’re going to try and get the money and go and have a good trip.”
He’s not certain what his plans are beyond that. Nebraska will likely have another Friday Night Lights camp this summer, so Taylor-Stuart could go to that. He thinks he’ll probably go to a USC satellite camp this summer since it’ll be so close.
As far as official visits, Taylor-Stuart said he’ll decide on where he’ll be visiting after this summer.
In terms of what he’s looking for in a school, he wants to make sure he has a solid backup plan if football doesn’t pan out.
“I’m really looking into after football, as a backup plan,” Taylor-Stuart said. “Working on my marketing skills and having a good connection with the coaches, that’s important, too.”