Posted: 5:43 pm Monday, July 18th, 2011
By Matt Porter
Kelvin Taylor could be the most sought-after recruit in next year’s class.
He’s probably the only one available in the palm of your hand.
If you simply can’t get enough Taylor, who is entering his junior year at Glades Day School, you can now download his app. The program, which is free and available for Android phones, sends Taylor photos, videos and tweets directly to your phone.
Taylor’s father, NFL great and Glades Central legend Fred Taylor, recently asked developer Billy Carson of Weston-based ZenForce Media to build a smartphone app that chronicles his son’s fast-rising football career.
For a fee of $2,000, Carson created an app that pulls in content from Kelvin Taylor’s personal social media sites. It has highlight videos from Taylor’s YouTube channel, game-action photos from his Flickr account and the latest tweets from his Twitter page, @ImKelvinTaylor. It also displays various high school football stories from across the Web, some of which are focused on Taylor, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back being courted by some of the country’s top colleges including Florida, Alabama and Miami.
While a search of the iTunes store and Android market shows numerous apps from media outlets that cover high school sports, there does not appear to be an individual high school athlete with their own app.
Carson said Taylor’s app has been downloaded 180 times since its launch two weeks ago. It currently only available in the Android market; he said iPhone capability is coming soon.
At Fred Taylor’s request, Carson also created a Fred Taylor Foundation app, which is currently available for $0.99 on Android phones. Proceeds go to the charity.
Kelvin Taylor, who burst onto the high school football scene as an eighth grader, is piling up rushing totals at breakneck pace. He ended his sophomore season with 110 career touchdowns, tied for the all-time state lead. He enters his junior year less than 2,500 rushing yards shy of the state rushing yardage record (8,804), held by Emmitt Smith.
He also led Glades Day to its second state title in a row, putting up 248 yards and five touchdowns on 44 carries in the title game against South Daytona-Warner Christian.