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When 4-star corner Isaac Taylor-Stuart got off the phone with Nebraska defensive coordinator Mark Banker, all he could think about was how crazy this whole thing is.
In January 2016, a Nebraska coach emailed him and said to keep it up and he’d get an offer. And on Dec. 18, Taylor-Stuart got just that.
“He said he liked my speed and size and ability to come off blocks and make tackles,” Stuart-Taylor told Land of 10. “The stuff he was telling me about Nebraska, and then he said they were gonna offer me, and it was like, ‘Wow,’ ” Taylor-Stuart said.
The 4-star defensive back is the No. 9 corner in the 2018 class and No. 7 recruit out of California.
— Isaac Taylor-Stuart (@Kingathlete5) December 19, 2016
The San Diego native admits he doesn’t know too much about Nebraska, but ever since tweeting out his offer, has gotten direct messages from fans filling him in on Nebraska’s home sellout streak.
“The fanbase is crazy,” Taylor-Stuart said. “They’re all football.”
The 6-foot-2, 187-pound corner finished his season at St. Augustine High School with with 34 solo tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, one interception and five pass deflections. Taylor-Stuart said most of the time opposing quarterbacks tried to avoid throwing to the receiver he was covering.
He also played some time at running back and finished the year with 69 carries for 645 yards and seven touchdowns.
Taylor-Stuart was offered by Arizona a few months ago by current Nebraska cornerbacks coach Donte Williams. Now, he and Williams are opening up a dialogue again.
“We’re starting to build a relationship, just texting more and more,” Taylor-Stuart said of Williams. “Pretty much all I know about him, he’s chill.”
Taylor-Stuart said despite reports Alabama is the favorite right now in his book, every school that’s offered him is on a level playing field, including Nebraska.
He plans to go on some visits this summer to some schools in the Southeast and in Florida, and he also wants to check out USC. He said he would want to visit Nebraska on a game day next fall.
Nebraska in top 3 with a top offensive tackle
One of Nebraska’s top targets whittled his schools down to just three on Thursday morning.
Either Nebraska, Oklahoma and Michigan will be the landing spot for 4-star OT Chuck Filiaga, the No. 14 tackle in the 2017 class.
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— Chuck Filiaga (@CFiliaga) December 22, 2016
Filiaga visited Nebraska on Dec. 6, and it must have gone incredibly well.
Filiaga had previously been considering USC, which was presumed to be ahead of Nebraska. The leader in the clubhouse still seems to be Michigan, but Nebraska offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh must be making quite the impression on the 6-foot-6, 335-pound lineman.
Filiaga will announce his commitment after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 7.