Opening invite a blessing for Taylor

MIAMI -- Florida running back commit Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glades, Fla./Glades Day) is having a good run.

After impressing Sunday at the Miami Nike Football Training Camp, Taylor earned an invite to The Opening, a prestigious camp presented by Nike in Beaverton, Oregon July 5-8. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound back and the state of Florida's all-time leading rusher, said he was honored by the invitation.

"I'm very blessed," Taylor said. "I mean the best of the best are going to be there, so I'm going to work hard and get ready to compete."

Taylor's signature moment of the camp came during one-on-one passing blocking drills when he faced off against linebacker Michael Deeb. Taylor, who Deeb outweighs by 20 pounds, was able get the best of Deep and proceeded to do the 'Gator Chomp'in Deebs' direction. Taylor said he meant no disrespect to Deeb, he just let his emotions get the best of him.

"He was a big linebacker, so I was just like 'Whoa, he's a big linebacker, ' " Taylor said,

"But I'm very passionate about the game, and I take so much pride in blocking. I take pride in everything I do on and off the field. I just wanted to show everybody I can block, too, because you aren't going to touch the field at the University of Florida if you can't pass block. I don't care who are you. That is what I've tried to work on -- blocking, blocking, blocking."

In addition to his blocking, Taylor has been working on other areas of his game to prepare for his senior season.

"I just want to get physical," Taylor said. "I want to get better. I want to work on catching the ball out of the backfield. I want to work on it all. I just want to work on being an all-around great back."

Taylor, however, feels there is one part of his game that allows him to be a special back.

"I feel like I have great vision," he said. "You can't coach vision, it's something God has to bless you with. I feel like I have great visiton, great instincts, power, speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield. Anything the coach wants me to do, I'm an every down back."

Taylor committed to Florida back on Feb. 18, but said several schools have tried to stay in contact with him. Taylor though, says he gives every school the same response.

"I tell them that's where I'm going," he said. "That's my school. I love Florida. It's going to be my hometown for the next three or four years. That's what I tell them. I'm going to the University of Florida. I'm not disrespectful, I just say that's the school I'm going to."

Taylor was in attendance last Saturday for Florida's annual spring football game and said he came away impressed with what he saw from his future teammates.

"They looked great," he said. "Defense and offense looked very good. I'm very excited for this year and I know we are going to do a great job and get ready for the 2013 class -- it's going to be a great experience."