Craig Malveaux of the San Diego Union-Times has a feature story that ran last week on incoming freshman wide receiver Lamarriel Taylor and his path from East St. Louis to San Diego to Massachusetts.
Taylor, who lives in Chula Vista, enrolled at Mission Bay for its International Baccalaureate program. He maintained a 4.0 GPA and scored a 2,000 on his SAT.
After sitting out the first six games of his junior year, Taylor earned All-Western League honors as a senior, catching 72 passes for 1,516 yards and three touchdowns while helping lead the Buccaneers (12-2) to a runner-up finish in the San Diego Section Division II playoffs.
Syracuse, Fordham, Georgia State, Massachusetts, Duke and Indiana offered scholarships to Taylor, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound, two-star receiver. Ultimately, UMass felt like home. He joined the Minutemen, whose football program was elevated to FBS status two years ago.
"I always told myself that I'd never give up," said Taylor, who became the first in his family to attend college. "I'm going to amount to something in society and I'm going to achieve my dreams."