February 18, 2012

Like Father, Like Son: Taylor commits


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Fred Taylor is fourth on Florida's all-time rushing list with 3,075 yards and 31 touchdowns. As a senior at UF in 1997, he led the Gators as a team captain and was named both a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection and a first-team Walter Camp All-American.

Now, roughly 15 years after his father left his final mark on Florida football, Kelvin Taylor is a Gator. The Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Day running back committed to UF Saturday morning in a live announcement broadcasted on national television. It was the first pledge of the day for Florida on a junior day Saturday in which Taylor may not be the last to pop.

"I really love Florida, great program and great tradition and coaching staff," Taylor told FlaVarsity.com.

Taylor's accolades are well known in the state of Florida and around the nation.

After beginning to play for Glades Day as an eighth grader, Taylor broke Emmitt Smith's state high school rushing record in 2011 and finished the year with 9,698 career yards. He is in reach of the all-time national high school rushing record of 11,232 but would need 3,118 yards to do so given that his eighth-grade year would not count for that mark.

At 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Taylor appears to have a traditional running back build, but some question the merits of his stats given the fact that Glades Day plays in 2A.

Competition was a partial reason why despite his records the four-star back did not quite crack the first Rivals100 for 2013, instead coming in at No. 111.

Taylor picked Florida over Alabama, the only other school that had been a serious contender for his services.

He is now set to visit Florida for its biggest junior day of the young recruiting cycle, joining an expected 42 other prospects on the mass unofficial visit.

Despite the fact that he wears his father's number and has a striking resemblance to the former Jacksonville Jaguar and New England Patriot running back, Taylor is excited to make a name for himself in Gainesville.

"I hate when people go to talk about me and then they always have to put my dad's name in it," he told Inside the Gators. "I want to be my own person, and I just feel like [Florida is] a nice place to be."

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