By Tim Whelan Jr., USA TODAY High School Sports | November 29, 2017 3:02 pm ET
Helix (La Mesa, Calif.) cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart received his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey at his school Wednesday as part of the Army All-American Selection Tour Presented by American Family Insurance.
“This means a lot to me because it’s a very prestigious honor to be invited to a bowl game,” he said. “To play in front of 40,000 people and to honor those who have served in our military, it means a lot.”
Taylor-Stuart, a 6-2, 187-pound four-star, is ranked as the nation’s No. 4 cornerback, the No. 4 recruit in Calif. and the No. 26 player overall in the Class of 2018 according to the 247 Sports Composite.
Since Taylor-Stuart started watching the game two years ago, he has wanted to be part of the experience.
“I wanted to be involved with the best players,” he said. “Everyone seems to be having fun.”
He has not committed to a school yet, but the San Diego-area product has several SEC schools in his sights, saying that Texas A&M and Alabama have the edge for him at the moment.
“It’s kicked up a bit,” Taylor-Stuart said.
He recently took an official visit to Texas A&M and he also plans a visit to Georgia on Dec. 9 and Alabama on Dec. 15. His final official visit will be a bit closer to home, as Taylor-Stuart visits USC on Jan. 12. He plans to announce his decision on National Signing Day.
So how does a California kid have so much of his college interest coming from the SEC?
“It’s 50/50, between schools looking at me and me wanting to look outside of California for football,” Taylor-Stuart said.
Wherever he ends up, the young man who has been playing football since he was 10 years old knows he will enjoy himself on the gridiron.
“My favorite thing is to make experiences and bonds with people on and off the field,” he said. “Making new friends and everything, that’s what makes football special.”
Helix has produced NFL standouts like Reggie Bush and Alex Smith. Taylor-Stuart, who models himself after physical defensive backs like Giants safety Landon Collins and Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, sees great things ahead.
“Because of the history of great football players to come out of Helix, I want to be the next great football player to do so,” Taylor-Stuart said.
The U.S. Army All American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance is scheduled for Jan. 6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and will be televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. EST.