The addition of Isaiah Taylor as a transfer from Arizona creates more depth and experience at safety on the Miami football roster entering the 2024 season. Taylor had 56 tackles, one tackle for loss, one interception and three pass breakups in three seasons in Tucson. Taylor is the son of Miami defensive line coach Jason.
The one career interception by Taylor clinched the first win by Arizona over Arizona State in five years in 2022. Taylor had his best season in 2022 with 40 tackles, his sole TFL and interception and all three PBUs. After redshirting as a true freshman in 2021, Taylor will have two seasons of eligibility remaining with Miami.
Taylor was a three-star player as the 1,561st signee, 132nd safety and 212th recruit in Florida in the 2021 class. Miami signed cornerbacks Dylan Day and Romanus Fredrique, running back Jordan Lyle, safety Isaiah Thomas and wide receiver Chance Robinson from St. Thomas Aquinas in the class of 2024. Isaiah Taylor also prepped at St. Thomas Aquinas.
Taylor joins Vanderbilt transfer Savion Riley as new, experienced safeties on the 2024 Miami roster. Miami now has six transfers added to its 2024 roster. Miami had the 48th-ranked transfer class before the addition of Taylor. Taylor is listed 5'11 and 205 pounds on the official Arizona football roster.
Riley and Taylor will likely compete with returnee Markeith Williams and 2024 signee Zaquan Patterson to start at safety in 2024. Miami could potentially add more safety depth through the transfer portal in the April 16 through 30 spring window. Miami added two transfer defensive backs in the 2023 spring transfer window.
Miami has to replace juniors Kamren Kinchens and James Williams at safety in 2024. Kinchens and Williams decided to forego their final seasons of eligibility to enter the 2024 NFL Draft. Kinchens was a 2022 first-team All-American. Taylor should instantly become a leader in the Miami secondary.