Posted: 9:20 am Friday, December 11th, 2009
By Jason Lieser
With high-profile football players transferring every off-season, it’s easy to see why so much speculation surrounds the future of Glades Day freshman Kelvin Taylor.
Taylor is one of the area’s top running backs and there has been chatter about him leaving the Gators for several of South Florida’s top public and private school teams.
Momma says knock it off.
Taylor’s mother, Tiffany Campbell, said any talk about her son leaving Glades Day is ridiculous and she promised he will be a Gator until he goes to college. (Might be a Gator then, too, but that’s a different topic).
“He’s not transferring,” Campbell said. “You make sure you write that his mom said it: He’ll be at Glades Day until he graduates. I’m not going to pull him out.”
Taylor will lead Glades Day (11-2) in this afternoon’s Class 1B state championship game against Daytona-Warner Christian (12-1) at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando. The game is at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on Sun Sports.
Taylor (5-11, 208, 4.53 in the 40-yard dash) is the son of Fred Taylor, who starred at Glades Central and Florida before launching a Pro Bowl career in the NFL, but Kelvin has forged his own reputation with two dominant seasons for the Gators.
Like his mother, Kelvin Taylor said he has no interest in venturing from Glades Day, which has become a comfortable home for him on and off the field.
“I’m going to stay to a school that I know is best for me and stay where I know people want to help you and do good things for you,” he said. “People are always going to say what school you’re going to go to. They can talk, but it is what it is.”
Glades Day coach Pete Walker hates discussing this topic, but he admitted he has always been aware of the possibility of schools trying to lure Taylor away from the Gators.
Glades Day runs most of its offense out of the I-formation, which Taylor believes is the perfect set-up for his skills. He is not lacking for publicity, either, which can occasionally be a concern at a small school.
“We feel like this is the best place for him and he does, too, and he’s given me no indication he wants to go anywhere else,” Walker said. “I’ll be glad when people just quit talking about it because he’s quit talking about it. He’s staying here.
“He knows what he has here at Glades Day. He has people that love him, he’s got a great place to get a great education, a great environment for learning. The football is 1B but we can play 2A or 3A football. Our program can play up and we’ve done it forever. It’s as good as anybody’s program.”
Given the current culture of high school free agency, it’s likely people will continue to float rumors about Taylor transferring, but for now it sounds like he is locked in at Glades Day.
Taylor topped 1,400 rushing yards in each of the past two regular seasons. This year he ran for 1,439 on just 149 carries and scored 28 touchdowns.
He has been even better in the playoffs: 945 yards and 15 touchdowns on 104 rushes.