Taylor Escamilla was a two-way star on the offensive line and defensive line for Archbishop Bergan High School in Fremont, Neb. Escamilla's play helped his team to a 9-2 record in 2006, and a trip to the Class C2 state quarterfinals. Escamilla was the honorary captain of the Lincoln Journal Star's Class C2 all-state team as an offensive lineman. His dominance on both sides of the ball was evident by him being named the honorary captain of the Omaha World-Herald's Class C2 all-state defensive unit. The World-Herald also named him a second-team All-Nebraska pick on defense after a senior year in which he had 63 tackles, five sacks and 23 tackles for loss. Escamilla turned down scholarship offers from several smaller schools to walk on at Nebraska.