Posted: 5:43 pm Monday, July 18th, 2011

Kelvin Taylor, in your hands: Glades Day star gets his own smartphone app 

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.

Can't get enough Kelvin Taylor? Download his app. (Mark Edelson/The Palm Beach Post)

Can't get enough Kelvin Taylor? Download his app. (Mark Edelson/The Palm Beach Post)

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.

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  2. [...] his future plans, the emergence of his son on the gridiron, and his recent development of the new Kelvin Taylor app for android smart phones. Taylor had this app created for his son, it serves as reference point for scouts, fans etc. The app [...]

  3. [...] “It’s just the Kelvin Taylor app, its available on the android market for free. What I learned over my career is that you meet fans from all sorts of walks of life and it’s just as special to me when a fan says to me that they followed me through the course of my career, that’s a true fan. In a very inexpensive way, I wanted to try something new. We didn’t have that technology when I was in high school. I would love to be able to go back and see all of my high school footage. It’s kind of like a little database for Kelvin. He can put all of his highlight film on there, chop it up and edit it. His twitter feed is on there his Facebook is on there. High schoolers really do have a fan base. Social media has joined athletics and created a fan base and you just want to take advantage of that.” [...]

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