GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Five-star Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Day) appears to be the star running back the Gators have long been searching for.
Florida has struggled in recent years on the field and in recruiting top-ranked running backs. The Gators haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Ciatrick Fason in 2004. Last year, Florida had commitments from four-star backs Matt Jones and Mike Davis at this point in the recruiting cycle. Davis, however, decommitted from Florida late in the process and eventually signed with South Carolina.
For its 2013 class, Florida also has a commitment from four-star running back Adam Lane (Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven), but Lane missed his entire junior season with a broken lower leg.
Taylor possesses a mix of power and quickness. At 5-foot-11, 205 pounds, he is big enough to handle the rigors of a tough SEC schedule. He's not quite the size of his father, Gators great Fred Taylor, who arrived at Florida in 1994 at 6-1, 210. But like his dad, Kelvin displays surprising quickness for his size.
If Taylor enrolls early in January 2013 as he plans, Florida will only have redshirt junior Mack Brown and 2012 signee Matt Jones as scholarship running backs on the roster. Competing in spring practice next year would afford Taylor the chance to earn playing time early in his career at Florida.
Now that the Gators have two running backs committed to their 2013 class, Taylor said he believes Florida is done recruiting at that position. That may not be the case, however. With top running back prospects Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage), Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Pete Catholic), Tarean Folston (Cocoa, Fla./Cocoa) and Alvin Kamara (Norcross, Ga./Norcross) still showing interest in the Gators, and with Florida being short on depth, UF could potentially take one more back.