The San Diego State Aztecs played head coach Tom Craft's Palomar College trump card and landed one of the top left tackles on the California JUCO level in Taylor Schmidt (6-5, 330, 5.1) from Palomar College. Craft was Palomar’s head coach before he was named to lead the Aztecs after Ted Tollner was let go.
Schmidt took an unorthodox road to the D-I level. He played his high school ball Escondido high in the San Diego area where he was a highly regarded wrestler and was the 2000 California State High School heavyweight wrestling champion.
Schmidt opted for the wrestling route and attended wrestling power Cal State Bakersfield before transferring to Palomar.
After some prodding from Palomar head coach Joe Early, Schmidt finally went out for football.
Football came back like a riding a bike. In his first year back in the back after a three-year layoff, Schmidt was selected all-conference for his performance in 2002.
The scouting report on Schmidt is he’s big guy and whole lot of nasty. It has been said about Schmidt that he plays offense with the aggressiveness signal mind purpose of a defensive lineman.
Schmidt has great feet due in part to his wrestling.
The word is Schmidt had offers from UCLA, Washington, Arizona State, Cal and Kentucky. He also had a lot of recruiting attention from USC.
Schmidt will have two years of eligibility and will enter school in the winter and be eligible for spring ball.
This is the Aztecs first get for the class of ’04 and what a good get it is.