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Top football recruit transfers from St. Augustine to Helix

07/06/2017, 1:40pm PDT
By Don Norcross

St Augustine's Isaac Taylor-Stuart looks down Eastlake's Micah Mendillo while running down the field.

Isaac Taylor-Stuart, one of the most highly recruited prep football players in the nation, said he will transfer from St. Augustine to Helix.

A 6-foot-2, 192-pound senior cornerback, Taylor-Stuart made the announcement on Twitter and on Thursday participated in his first offseason team workout at Helix.

“New number new school same mindset,” Taylor-Stuart tweeted with a caricature of him wearing a green No. 6 Helix jersey. Taylor-Stuart wore No. 5 at St. Augustine.

Taylor-Stuart said he has been offered scholarships by 51 Division I programs, including Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, USC, Florida State and Michigan.

After watching Taylor-Stuart work out Thursday morning, Helix coach Robbie Owens said, “The talent, the height, the length, the athleticism is second to none. And he can run.”

It’s Taylor-Stuart’s speed that has made him a social-media sensation this summer. Participating in adidas and Nike camps, Taylor-Stuart won 40-yard sprint competitions at both events and is being proclaimed as the nation’s fastest high school football player.

His fastest 40 was 4.32 seconds.

Regarding his transfer from St. Augustine to Helix, in an interview with KUSI-TV Taylor-Stuart said, “It just happened. Some stuff came up. I have complete respect for coach (Richard) Sanchez, St. Augustine football and my brotherhood at St. Augustine.

“Things happened, and I transferred to Helix.”

Taylor-Stuart could not be reached for comment.

Owens said he has been told by Helix Athletic Director Damon Chase that Taylor-Stuart moved within the Helix boundary and will be eligible immediately.

At 6-2, Taylor-Stuart is a tall cornerback, even by NFL standards. He’s considered a lock-down specialist in coverage and will be showcased on the offensive side as well at Helix.

As a junior at St. Augustine, he had one interception, one sack and returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. He was the Saints’ second leading rusher, gaining 645 yards on 69 carries, a 9.3-yard average.

“We want him to concentrate on defense,” said Owens. “There’s definitely going to be an upgrade in our secondary.”

As for utilizing Taylor-Stuart when the Highlanders have the ball, Owens said, “I’m not going to have the kid stand on the sideline and not use him in some capacity.”

Norcross is a freelance writer.

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