A former Gilmer head football coach turned University of Texas assistant has been named the Big XII Recruiter of the Year by Scout.com.
The Longhorns’ tight ends and special teams coach had a key role in the one of the most successful National Signing Days in recent history for Texas.
Traylor was officially added to the Texas staff on February 13, 2015.
Traylor was Gilmer’s head coach for 15 seasons (2000-14), amassing three state championships (2004, ’09 ’14) and a 175-26 overall record (.871). He also led GHS to state runner-up finishes in 2007 and 2012, along with 12 district titles. Gilmer reached the 10-win mark 11 times under Traylor’s direction, while also recording seven 13-win campaigns. The Buckeyes reached the 15-win plateau three times, all of which resulted in undefeated state championship years, including two 16-0 marks in 2004 and 2014.
“Jeff’s a tremendous football coach who has built a program at Gilmer that has had unbelievable success,” head coach Charlie Strong said at the time of Traylor’s hire. “He’s a guy that we’ve watched, admired and really gotten to know. The thing about Jeff is he’s just so passionate about the game and his players. We had a chance to get him in for an interview and around our staff, and he really impressed all of us. He has a great deal of knowledge and experience and having coached in this state for so long, really knows Texas. East Texas has so many great players that it really helps us to have a guy like Jeff on staff that knows the area so well. We’re excited to have him on board.”
Two former Longhorns who have had NFL careers played under Traylor at Gilmer in CB Curtis Brown and C David Snow. Brown lettered at Texas from 2007-10, and was a 2011 third-round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers, playing with the organization until 2013. Snow lettered at UT from 2008-11, signing as a free agent with the Buffalo Bills (2012) before playing with the Steelers (2013).
Prior to Gilmer, Traylor was an assistant coach at Jacksonville High School from 1993-99, where he served as passing coordinator, defensive backs coach, receivers coach and special teams coordinator.
Traylor began his coaching career at Big Sandy High School, where he spent four years as an assistant coach from 1989-1992.
A 1986 graduate of Gilmer High School, Traylor earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from Stephen F. Austin while playing football as a walk-on.
According to newly-signed Nacogdoches High School football star Brandon Jones, Traylor played an integral role in getting the No.1-rated safety to go to the “40 Acres.”
Traylor’s efforts were praised nation-wide on National Signing Day.
“Jeff Traylor showed up on this staff a year ago and Brandon Jones was the number one priority,” ESPN Texas football and Big XII writer Max Olson said during the Longhorn Network’s live coverage of National Signing Day. “This is the best player in East Texas.”
On signing day, the Longhorns also picked up the following players making them a top 10 recruiting class for 2016:
Jeffrey McCulloch, four-star OLB
Erick Fowler, four-star OLB
Jordan Elliott, four-star DT
Jean Delance, four-star OT
Chris Daniels, four-star DT
Andrew Fitzgerald, four-star SDE
Kyle Porter, four-star RB
Eric Cuffee, four-star CB
Denzel Okafor, four-star OG
D’Andre Christmas-Giles, four-star DT
Reggie Hemphill-Mapps, three-star WR
Lil’ Jordan Humphrey, three-star ATH
Chris Brown, three-star S
Marcel Southall, three-star DT
Malcolm Roach, three-star SDE
Gerlad Wilbon, three-star DT
Davion Curtis, three-star WR
Tope Imade, three-star OG
Peyton Aucoin, three-star TE
A pair of brothers who will be sporting the burnt orange, LB Demarco Boyd and CB Kris Boyd, played under Traylor at Gilmer. Demarco signed with Texas in January and is already on campus. Kris will be a sophomore for the Longhorns.
Gilmer’s football stadium was renamed “Jeff Traylor Stadium” following his departure.