Every year, when the college football off-season comes to an end, and the games start to count again, the game being played off the field, in the recruiting trail, slows down significantly. This is caused by a bunch of factors, including class size limits, more selective recruiting, heightened focus on game coaching and scheme, high school games, and any number of other things. Despite official visits coming during the regular season, commitments drop off greatly from August to January, and it becomes a bit of a rarity for a school to add players to their recruiting classes.
Apparently, Iowa State doesn’t care about how things are usually done, because after landing a new commitment last night, the Cyclones have landed three commitments during the regular season, and have their eyes on even more.
— Dallas Taylor-Cortez (@DallyBruh) September 27, 2017
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Taylor-Cortez is the 16th commitment in Iowa State’s 2018 class, and the fifth defensive back. He joins safeties Christian young and Greg Eisworth, and fellow corners Jaeveyon Morton and Anthony Johnson Jr. He’s also the third commit from California, along with quarterback Re-al Mitchell and punter Corey Dunn. Iowa State pulled in three Californians last year as well, and Matt Campbell has done a great jobs making inroads into the Golden State during his time in Ames. There’s not really a natural recruiting ground for the Cyclones, so the expansion of Campbell’s recruiting is very encouraging.
Taylor-Cortez picked Iowa State over eight other offers, from a number of solid programs, including Arizona, BYU, Oregon State, Utah, Wazzu and Washington. Iowa State was the only team west of Arizona to express any interest in the Chaminade product, and it’s thanks to the excellent scouting and recruiting ability of defensive backs coach DK McDonald that they found and landed Taylor-Cortez. McDonald is almost certainly ISU’s best recruiter, and could be heading for a promotion sooner rather than later.
On the field, Taylor-Cortez is mostly just raw ability right now. He has great size at 6-foot-3, and solid athleticism to go with it, but his coverage skills will need refined. He’s very aggressive, both in coverage and in tackling, which can be a bit of a double-edged sword. he has a knack for making big plays, but inversely, he sometimes finds himself in trouble, especially, in coverage because of that aggression. He needs to work on locating the ball in coverage, and cut down on his hand usage, because he will get called for it at the next level. His ceiling comparison is Charles Tillman.