Posted: 7:47 pm Thursday, August 5th, 2010

After knee surgery, Glades Day’s Kelvin Taylor recovered, ready for practice 

By Matt Porter

Glades Day coach Pete Walker knows any conversation about his football team will soon broach the topic of a certain injured star running back.

“You probably want to know about Kelvin,” Walker volunteers.

(Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

(Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Taylor, who suffered a slight tear of his right meniscus during spring practice, has been working out all summer and will participate in all drills when Glades Day begins fall practice on Monday.

“He’s looking great,” said Walker. “I’m liking what I see.”

Taylor had arthroscopic surgery in early June to fix the tear. During the procedure, doctors discovered the injury wasn’t as bad as originally feared, and Taylor was given a recovery time of four to eight weeks. He began running a week after the surgery.

“He should be starting the first game of the year,” said Walker. “Unless there are any setbacks, which I don’t foresee.”

Walker had better be knocking on wood, because a healthy Taylor means the Gators can enjoy the continued rise of one of the area’s brightest young stars.

The incoming sophomore was a Class 1A all-state selection as a eighth-grader, a one-man wrecking crew in last year’s playoffs, and a 2009 finalist for Florida’s Mr. Football award.