Last season the Florida Gators, the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide all had 7-1 records in SEC play. Additionally, the Bulldogs and the Gators went undefeated at home while Texas A&M stole one in Tuscaloosa before Alabama went on to win the BCS title.
Although both Alabama and Georgia had excellent recruiting seasons, Florida will be looking to take first blood on any strangers creeping through the swamps down in gator country and one new recruit is ready to make it happen.
Kelvin Taylor is a solid running back hailing from Glades Day School in Belle Glade, Fla. and just recently started classes as an early enrollee. At 5’10 and 210, his explosive speed and evasive maneuvers are uncanny and he should be able to see some playing time as a freshmen. I watched his highlight reel twice because he is just that good.
On one play, Taylor ran through a whole team and somehow managed to lose three players that had him surrounded on the sideline. In addition, he is strong and can’t be taken down with arm tackles. He needs to gain maybe 10-15 pounds and hit the weights, but overall, he’s ready.
Taylor ran for 2,423 yards and 41 touchdowns as a senior and passed Emmitt Smith as the state of Florida’s all-time leading rusher as a junior. In addition, he was a Class of 2013 All-America, making him and his father, former Florida great Fred Taylor, the first father-son duo to do that. The older Taylor played under Steve Spurrier from 1994 to 1997 and in the NFL from 1998 to 2010, 11 of those years with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
I think the younger Taylor will surpass his father’s greatness and will make Florida a serious contender for an SEC title this year and in the future. Having such a dynamic running back who is also a student of the game gives the Gators a real shot.
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