UGA connection has been ‘building and building’ with 5-star Isaac Taylor-Stuart
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Isaac Taylor-Stuart could be No. 7. Or Tyson Campbell could.
If Georgia adds either of those two blue-chip cornerbacks to the Class of 2018, it would mean three things:
- That the Bulldogs would gain a rare 5-star signee for the program at that premium position.
- That Mel Tucker’s defense would add that rare talent with size, length and elite speed at that spot. Both corners top the 6-foot-2 mark in height and wield rare speed for that position.
- That the nation’s No. 1 class has its record-setting seventh 5-star signee. That has never been done by one team in the history of the 247Sports composite ranking.
Taylor-Stuart, the 5-star cornerback from San Diego, ranks as the nation’s No. 2 cornerback prospect for 2018. Campbell checks in on that same 247Sports composite listing as the nation’s No. 3 cornerback.
Which schools now occupy the slots in his final group?
“It is basically pretty much Alabama, Texas A&M, USC, Tennessee and Georgia,” Taylor-Stuart told SEC Country’s Ben Wolk at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl practices this week in Texas.
Wolk’s next question was the following: “Is there anyone who has an edge going into January?”
Stuart provided an interesting reply.
“I personally like Georgia, Alabama and then Texas A&M is right there.”
It was clear that he has designs on playing in the Southeastern Conference.
“Yeah, pretty much,” Taylor-Stuart said.
He said he still plans to announce his decision on National Signing Day. Alabama got a visit from him last year. Texas A&M received a visit in November, but that was with the old staff.
USC is still in the picture for Taylor-Stuart. Location might play a factor, and he’s giving them his first January official after the dead period and a chance for the Trojans to really sway him.
Isaac Taylor-Stuart plans an official visit to UGA
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect has yet to visit Athens, but there is an attraction.
“I honestly have just been having a great connection with the coaches,” Taylor-Stuart said. “I’ve been talking to them since like in the summer, and we just kept building and building and building. Most people don’t know about that pretty much.
“But then also they have a great recruiting class coming in. The coaches are just great. I just want to go out there and just see with my own eyes. Go visit them in their town and see what is happening there.”
He is scheduled to visit UGA on Jan. 26 following his visit to USC on Jan. 12. The Tennessee Volunteers are on his agenda for what appears to be his final official visit on Feb. 3.
The 5-star recruit also is trying to work in an official visit to Alabama, but he has a packed January with all of those plans, school and the Polynesian Game in Hawaii.
Taylor-Stuart won the fastest-man competition at Nike’s The Opening in the summer. He bested a cadre of elite speedsters in that impromptu 40-yard dash, including Campbell.
What does he really like about the Bulldogs?
“Definitely just a great coaching staff, and with me just personally talking to them on the phone and text messages,” Taylor-Stuart said. “I have FaceTimed those guys a couple of times and just basically want to go out there and see it all for myself.”
UGA tight end signee Luke Ford is on the West team with Taylor-Stuart at the All-American bowl. He said he hears from both Ford and 5-star quarterback signee Justin Fields about joining them with the Bulldogs.
Justin Fields at the Under Armour All-America event
Justin Fields is not playing, but he is taking part in a few activities at the Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando this week.
DawgNation spoke to him on a few topics.
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