Kelvin Taylor, Son of Fred, Turning Heads as H.S. Junior
Kelvin Taylor, the son of former Florida running back Fred Taylor, is projected as one of the top football prospects for the class of 2013. Taylor is a star running back at Glades Day in Belle Glade, FL, where his father already is trumpeting his accomplishments with the help of modern technology.
No, Fred Taylor isn’t doing it by word of mouth. The New England Patriots’ running back used his influence to contact developer Billy Carson of Weston-based ZenForce Media, who created a cell phone app for the younger Taylor, according to The Palm Beach Post.
That’s right, you can keep track of a high school running back heading into his junior year - if you have an Android, that is. The iPhone application is coming soon. You can’t have everything right away.
But the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Taylor has come close. The son of an NFL star, Taylor contracted the genes of a top-level athlete. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds, not an elite time, but an impressive one for a player his age.
Most noticeably, though, the younger Taylor sees the field like his father has over the years.
“He has great vision and knows when to cut,” Taylor’s high school coach, Pete Walker, told The Palm Beach Post. “He is able to see a little crack where you wouldn’t think there is one.”
Sound familiar? His father, who is still playing in the NFL at the age of 35, is one of the great cut-back runners of all-time. The elder Taylor used his ability to slide past defenders en route to an NFL career that has spanned more than a decade.
A first-round pick of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1998, Taylor played with the Jags until 2008, after which he joined the Patriots. He made the Pro Bowl in 2007 and has rushed for nearly 12,000 yards during his career.
The elder Taylor made his name in the state of Florida, where he was a star football player at Belle Glade Central High School near Lake Okeechobee. Taylor was named Florida’s Mr. Football in 1993 before he was an All-American running back for the Gators.
It’s obvious he has the same hopes for his son, who has been on the radar of recruiters since he was an eighth-grader. After all, he wasn’t your average middle schooler.
According to Scout.com, the younger Taylor averaged almost 9.0 yards per carry while compiling 1,774 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns before he even hit high school. The website reported that he was only the second Florida eighth-grader to earn First Team All-State honors playing high school varsity.
He has been the apple of his home state’s eye ever since. Rivals.com doesn’t provide the 2013 overall and position rankings on Taylor’s profile, but it does list Florida, Miami, South Florida and Florida State as his college choices.
Oh, and the hated Tennessee Volunteers are also hard after Taylor, which might give Gator fans a heart attack if Kelvin heads to Knoxville.
There is also speculation that he could become the top overall recruit in the nation for the Class of 2013.
And why not? Those Florida schools wouldn’t want a big-time talent - with NFL pedigree - to escape their backyards.
Entering his junior year, Taylor has recorded 110 touchdowns and is just 2,500 yards away from Emmitt Smith’s state rushing record. Fred Taylor and Emmitt Smith - pretty good company, eh?
And Kelvin Taylor, thanks to his dad serving as a great PR agent, has become the real star. If you download his app, The Palm Beach Post reported that you can get an aggregate of his personal social media sites; you’ll also be directed to his YouTube channel, where you can watch his highlights, and Flickr account for game-day photos. You can also browse web stories about Taylor.
But it’s clear that the younger Taylor is talented enough that he won’t need to sell himself like a teen pop sensation. The scholarship offers will be falling into his lap.