|High School:||Lynden HS '09|
2010: Listed as a reserve at left defensive end on EWU’s preseason depth chart.
HS: Graduated from Lynden HS in 2009. Played three seasons for a Lynden team that was a collective 35-6 and won a pair of State 2A titles and advanced to the semifinals the other season. As a senior, he was selected by Associated Press as a 2A All-State first team selection as a defensive lineman. Named by the Seattle Times as a “Red Chip” selection as one of the top 22 prospects in the state of Washington. In addition, he was a member of Ron Siegel’s 31-member preseason All-State squad. A first team All-Northwest Conference selection as a defensive lineman, he helped Lynden win the State 2A title with a 35-34 victory over Prosser. In the title game, Gaylord rushed for 76 yards and scored twice as the Lions rallied from a 15-point deficit to win their 10th-straight game after a 2-2 start. For his efforts, he was selected as the WIAA/SeattleTimes 2A Athlete of the Week. In a 21-12 victory in the semifinals over previously undefeated Archbishop Murphy, he caught a 25-yard touchdown pass and threw for an 80-yard score on the game’s first play. Lynden finished the season 12-2, including four playoff wins. He finished the season with 885 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 167 carries as he finished his three-year career with 1,259 yards. He also caught 23 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns as a senior, and completed 2-of-3 passes for 86 yards. As a junior, Lynden was 10-3 and advanced to the semifinals, and as a sophomore the Lions were 13-1 and won the state title. He was the team’s backup quarterback all three seasons, while also playing as a running back, wide receiver, defensive end and outside linebacker. He had 53 tackles (11 for loss), six sacks and seven passes broken up as a junior. He also rushed for 252 yards and 11 touchdowns, caught 14 passes for 114 yards and three scores and completed 8-of-9 passes for 111 yards and three TDs in 2007. His Eagle teammate Ryan Seto (’10) also attended Lynden.
Personal: Born 6/18/91 in Puyallup, Wash. Undecided on a major