Tag:Kelvin Taylor
Posted on: February 18, 2012 10:51 pm
 

Florida Junior Day results in six commitments

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Belle Glade (Fla.) running back Kelvin Taylor decided to commit to Florida Saturday morning but he certainly wasn't the only one who decided the Swamp was the place to be if you're playing college football. Five other players pulled the trigger after Taylor and ran the Gators' Junior Day haul to a total of six pledges, featuring quality as well as quantity in the form of St. Petersburg (Fla.) wide receiver Rodney Adams, Crestview (Fla.) linebacker Dillan Lawson, Bushnell (Fla.) defensive back Keanu Neal, Daytona Beach (Fla.) linebacker Quinton Powell and Jacksonville (Fla.) defensive back Nick Washington.

"Over here was like a family, a lot of the commits brought me in like their brother and I like that," Powell told Inside the Gators. "I was looking for a place that felt like home and that made this an easy choice."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder was heavily recruited by top programs from across the country and held offers Arkansas, Clemson, Miami and others. Powell will team up with Lawson, who has the measurable at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds but received his first offer from Florida today and committed. Both defensive backs will likely line up at safety in college.

"It is a great place and a place where my family can come down and watch me play," Washington said. "I just love it. I feel it is the right place for me. I kind of felt like this was the place I wanted to go when I first came back here last year over the summer."

Adams is a big pick up not just because of how highly regarded he is, but because he'll fill a position of need at receiver. The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder is a speedster who could see early playing time.

"[The coaches] were very excited. They really want me here. It was a great feeling," he said.

The impressive group gives Florida 10 commitments for the class of 2013, the first program to hit the double-digit mark.

Posted on: February 18, 2012 11:15 am
 

Legacy running back Kelvin Taylor commits to UF

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Some people thought it was only a matter of when for Belle Glade (Fla.) running back Kelvin Taylor and it turns out Junior Day was the opportune time to make a commitment. One of the country's top back's, the Florida legacy committed to the Gators Saturday morning on an unofficial visit and will follow in his record-setting father's footsteps.

"I LOVE MY GATOR FAM!!!! #gatornation," Taylor tweeted.

The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder passed Emmitt Smith to become the state's all-time career rushing leader last season as a junior. Taylor's father, Fred, was a former star in Gainesville before becoming an all-Pro in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Florida wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill was actually teammates with the elder Taylor on several SEC championship squads and the prior relationship no doubt helped land the younger Taylor, who also strongly considered Alabama.

"Congrats to my son @ImKelvinTaylor on his commitment to the best university in the world #GATORNATION," Fred Taylor tweeted shortly after his son committed.

A Maxpreps Top Junior, Taylor enters his senior season with 9,698 career yards and will be ranked as one of the top running backs in a deep year at the position in the state of Florida. He becomes the fifth commitment for Florida in the class of 2013 and second running back, joining the smaller, quicker Winter Haven (Fla.) back Adam Lane.

Photo via Kelvin Taylor



Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:19 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 8:28 pm
 

National Notes: Houston, Hutchings & De La Salle

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Had a chance to go out to see San Francisco Bay Area powerhouse De La Salle play California High last Friday. The Spartans have been one of the most successful programs in the country this decade and have sent plenty of players to Division I schools and eventually the NFL.

This year's squad has three seniors already committed to FBS schools and two juniors drawing plenty of attention as well. The headliner is four-star quarterback and Wisconsin commitment Bart Houston, who is every bit of his 6-foot-4, 215-pound frame. Houston had a very good summer on the camp circuit and parlayed that into a solid season with the Spartans, leading them to a 9-1 record heading into the playoffs. If there's one thing you'll hear about him, it's that he's the perfect fit for the Badgers offensive system with a quick release, some mobility, good decision-making and the arm to get the ball downfield on post and fade routes.

Houston ended up 13-of-20 for 220 yards against California in a 24-3 win that didn't have the De La Salle ground game looking as sharp as it normally is. The signal-caller showed flashes of what makes him a top 100 player according to Maxpreps however, displaying nice touch on intermediate routes and spinning the ball well on short routes. There was only one or two decisions Houston would have liked back but was efficient the entire night and even added a short touchdown run. In short, you can understand why the Badgers went out of their normal recruiting areas to heavily recruit Houston because he certainly fits the mold of their previous quarterbacks to a T.

"Bart really impressed me with his accuracy, poise, leadership skills, pocket presence, and arm strength," analyst Tom Lemming says of Houston. "His accuracy is uncanny and he seems to put the ball on the money just about every time even when under pressure."

The best player on the field however was junior linebacker Michael Hutchings, who is also the top defensive player in the Bay Area and top underclass linebacker on the West Coast. At 6-foot-2, 210-pounds or so, Hutchings moves well in space and covers a whole lot of ground in the passing game. He likely will end up as an outside linebacker but it's not hard to see him bulking up and being able to play inside in a 3-4 scheme. Physically he has a big upper body and reminds some of former USC linebacker Keith Rivers. He got lost on a few plays but for the most part read his keys very well and you can tell he'll head to college with a plenty of experience.

"Last year we had a tough game against Cal High when I was on the field as a sophomore," Hutchings said. "It was definitely a grind, something we wanted to come back and get. I still say it was a sub par performance this game but they're a heck of a team."

The De La Salle linebacking corps is one of the best units in the country and also features California commit Michael Barton. The pair is close on and off the field and continue to develop into better players with the senior mentoring the younger linebacker.

"Barton is such a hard worker," Hutchings said. "Him and (Boise State commit Blake) Renaud guided me last year and now Barton has taken over this year. I just want to follow in their footsteps and keep the tradition going."

Hutchings is approaching the 15 offer mark and figures to see plenty more college coaches contact him in the coming months as the recruiting cycle shifts over to the class of 2013 on a full-time basis. Most of the Pac-12 has been in touch or extended an offer but even with plenty of time until Signing Day, Hutchings is already starting to develop a short list of schools.

"I have a group of favorites, USC, Cal, UCLA, Washington," he said. "And Oklahoma also.

"I was at Cal last week for the Washington State game. I looked at AT&T Park a little bit and got to be around the team. I probably won't take any other visits in the next couple of weeks but after the season in December I will."

Don't be surprised if this comes down to a USC/Cal battle with Hutchings committing some time over the summer following visits to both schools. Academics seem to be a big part of each school's pitch and the Bears have De La Salle alum and ace recruiter Tosh Lupoi assigned to the impressive linebacker. Though he's already successfully recruited Barton, it might be a little tougher for Lupoi to land Hutchings as USC is just one of several schools who are also making the future top 100 player a priority.

For now though, recruiting is being pushed aside as the Spartans turn their attention to the playoffs. With a title in hand thanks to a perfect 7-0 mark in the East Bay Athletic League and likely number one seed headed into the North Coast Section playoffs, another state championship is out there for the taking.

"We don't want to have any regrets," Hutchings said. "We want to go into every game, hit hard, don't make mistakes and have no regrets. We want to go into the playoffs and finish the season off right. As a junior, I just want to lead the junior and help the seniors win their state championship just like they did last year."

Georgia adds versatile quarterback

There weren't a ton of commitments this weekend but the most notable was Palm Beach (Fla.) quarterback Faton Bauta. A transfer from New York, he came in and won the quarterback spot at one of the big local programs - Palm Beach Dwyer - and has been dead set at playing the position in college, which Georgia appeared to recruit him at.

"My goal is set on being a quarterback at the next level and beyond. I am going to do whatever it takes and work hard every day like I do to get that goal I have set," he told UGASports.com. "My goal is still growing, to be an elite quarterback. I am going to keep working hard on my skills to do everything to make myself a better quarterback."

The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder is a versatile athlete and could play multiple positions in college such as linebacker or an H-back type. Bauta does have a strong-arm and is a hard-nosed runner who has passed for 1,006 yards on the season with 13 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Though he still has to learn some of the subtleties of being a quarterback, that's the position he'll start off at in college.

"What Aaron Murray does, I know he's a dual threat as well; he runs the ball well, and throws the ball well. For me, I'm going to strive to be the best quarterback I can be. And in my eyes, I know I can be Aaron Murray and more," Bauta said.

Georgia now has 14 commitments for the class of 2012 and though it is not as stacked as last year's 'Dream Team' was, adds the talented Bauta to a group that includes five-star offensive tackle John Theus and impressive defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor. The Bulldogs did take a quarterback with last year's class and have also received a pledge from 2013 signal-caller Brice Ramsey.

Video of the week

This week was a big one for Belle Glade (Fla.) running back Kelvin Taylor, who broke Emmitt Smith's (yes, that Emmitt Smith) all-time rushing record in the state of Florida on a 388 yard, six touchdown night Friday. The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder now has 8,975 yards and 141 touchdowns for his career and amazingly he's just a junior. He is the son of former NFL and Florida Gators running back Fred Taylor. It appears to be a Florida-Alabama battle for his commitment at this point with the Gators having a bit of an edge obviously.

Below is video of Taylor's run to break the record, a 34 yard scamper for a touchdown followed by him giving his mother the ball. He briefly discussed the record-setting performance here.



Recruiting Roundup

  Pitt commit Rushel Shell also set a record over the weekend, rushing for more than 100 yards in his 39th consecutive game.

  Auburn commit Zeke Pike will enroll early.

  A few notes and some analysis of Oregon recruiting.

  Texas commit Johnathan Gray is getting close to some very impressive records himself.

  Adolphus Washington's visit to Cincinnati went very well.

  Georgia is gaining ground with defensive end Jordan Jenkins after he visited for the Auburn game. The program also recently offered DeVondre Seymour, son of former All-Pro defensive tackle Richard Seymour.



Posted on: November 4, 2011 5:49 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 5:52 pm
 

Impressive visitor list in Tuscaloosa for LSU-ALA



Posted by Bryan Fischer

Just a few weeks ago, recruitniks were impressed with the quality and quantity of high level recruits that were in South Bend for the USC-Notre Dame game. Several people termed it Brian Kelly's 'Super Bowl.'

This Saturday is college football's actual Recruiting Super Bowl (well, not actual Super Bowl but as close as one gets in the regular season). On the sidelines, a truly star-studded cast, topping the century mark in terms of number of official and unofficial visitors. Though Nick Saban and his staff will no doubt be occupied with the team in purple and gold, they'll be spending some time hosting the biggest recruiting weekend Tuscaloosa has seen in years.

The biggest visitor coming in is five-star safety Landon Collins. Both LSU and Alabama are battling for his services but it will be tough to lure him out-of-state. A big win over the Tigers and an impressive visit however, might be enough to leave a lasting impression that will pay off on Signing Day. Collins isn't the only five-star or big name headed in for the game though, as illustrated by the partial list below.

Official visitors

DT/OT Arik Armstead
WR Amari Cooper, Alabama commit
DB Landon Collins
LB Noor Davis, Stanford commit
DB Travell Dixon, JUCO
DT Eddie Godlman
DE Jordan Jenkins
OT Avery Young

Unofficial visitors

LB Kwon Alexander
DE Torshiro Davis, LSU commit
DE Denzel Devall
DB Trae Elston
DT Quay Evans
TE Kurt Freitag
DT Issac Gross, Ole Miss commit
OT Brandon Hill
QB Jeremy Liggins
RB Barry Sanders Jr.
DT Justin Shanks, Florida State commit
DB Dwayne Thomas, LSU commit
DT Dalvin Tomlinson
DL Channing Ward
DE Jamichael Winston, Arkansas commit
DB P.J. Williams, Florida State commit
QB Jameis Winston, Florida State commit
RB T.J. Yeldon, Auburn commit

Alabama commitments

DE Ryan Anderson
DT Dakota Ball
WR Chris Black
RB Kenyan Drake
WR Casey Gladney
OL Brandon Greene
K Adam Griffith
OL Caleb Gulledge
LB Tyler Hayes
DT Darren Lake
LB Dillon Lee
QB Alec Morris
DT Darius Philon
LB Reggie Ragland
DB Geno Smith
ATH Justin Thomas
DB Eddie Williams

2013 Recruits:

OL Bradley Bozeman, Alabama commit
DB Cameron Burrows
LB Reginald Carter
DB Antonio Conner
LB Rueben Foster, Alabama commit
RB Derrick Henry, Georgia commit
TE O.J. Howard, Alabama commit
DL Dee Liner, Auburn commit
QB Johnathon McCrary
DE Robert Nkemdiche
OL Lovell Peterson
WR Earnest Robinson
RB Kelvin Taylor (Alabama-Florida battle)
DB Tramel Terry
RB Altee Tenpenny

2014 Recruits:

RB Sony Michel
WR Bo Scarborough
LB Tre Williams
DE Gerald Willis



Posted on: October 4, 2011 11:41 am
 

10/4 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer
- A video interview with one of the elite 2013 athletes Jake Raulerson.

One of the top 2013 running backs, Kelvin Taylor, is down to Florida and Alabama.

Florida State commit Dante Fowler returned to practice after his suspension.

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin used a helicopter to visit recruits over the weekend.

Georgia offered Brandon Kublanow recently.

Miami stopped by to keep an eye on defensive back Nicco Whigham and linebacker Erick Hallmon.

Running back David Smith has set up official visits for Boston College, Iowa and West Virginia.

California offensive lineman Freddie Tagaloa will be on an official visit at Oregon this week.

A look at Michigan's top remaining recruits for 2012.

FIU picked up receiver Adrian Jenkins and running back Lamarq Caldwell.
Posted on: August 9, 2011 9:36 am
 

8/9 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- The CEO of Cincinnati Bell has become a mentor for defensive end Adolphus Washington.

- The always interesting Athlon Consensus 100 is out, bringing together all of the online ranking services.
- Tight end Kent Taylor is narrowing down his list on Wednesday.

Georgia commit Derrick Henry and fellow running back Kelvin Taylor are both special players.

Michigan's 2012 class is almost complete with Ondre Pipkins' commitment.

Could Florida be in-line for more five-stars?

Commitments:

Michigan State added offensive tackle Kodi Kieler as commitment 14 for this class.

Running back Mike Hilton committed to Ole Miss over Mississippi State and Kentucky. Running back I'Tavius Mathers has also committed to the Rebels.

Very nice pick up for BYU as defensive end Troy Hinds committed to the school.

Athlete Taylor Barton will leave Florida for college after committing to Illinois.
 
 
 
 
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