BELLE GLADE, Fla. -- Glades Day running back Kelvin Taylor burst onto the scene as an eighth grade sensation excelling on the varsity level.
He will conclude his high school days as an Under Armour All-American as he will participate in the annual game that features many of the top prospects from across the country. Friday afternoon in a ceremony at his school Taylor was presented with his Under Armour All-American jersey.
“It’s a big honor,” Taylor said smiling. “I’m thankful and I want to thank God like I always say. I want to thank my offensive linemen, they’ve done a great job blocking for me all these years, the coaching staff, my teammates, my school, my teachers. It’s just a great accomplishment and I’m proud of my offensive linemen like I said and I want thank God.”
With four practices leading up to the game January 4, 2013 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, Taylor will have a chance to prove his standing against the nation’s elite. It’s an opportunity he is looking forward to.
“It’s going to be amazing man,” Taylor said of the competition. “Everybody that’s playing that game is a bunch of big-time commits. It’s going to be lots of fun and I’m going to soak it all in. It’s going to lots of fun.”
Literally days after the Under Armour game is finished, Taylor will be enrolling at the University of Florida to begin the next chapter of his career. He understands his high school accolades will not carry any weight on the next level and he must start from scratch once again.
“It’s going to be time to grind,” he said with a chuckle. “Everything in high school has to get pushed back to the side and start brand new again, get used to the plays. I did the same thing my eight grade year at Glades Day, I had to do the same. I’m going to do the same thing at the University of Florida and hope everything goes great and just keep working hard.”
With Florida’s top ball carrier, Mike Gillislee, graduating after this season, there is certainly an opportunity for Taylor to come in and earn carriers his first season in Gainesville. Making an quick impact with the Gators is something he would like to accomplish.
“You know I’m not going to rush anything, I’m just going to go into practice ready to play my heart out and try to get a starting spot my first day on campus. I’m going to try to make an impact my first day on campus and do a great job.”
247Sports currently ranks Taylor a five-star prospect and nation’s No. 17 player overall.
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