Posted: 3:06 pm Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
By Matt Porter
The first edition of Rivals.com’s top 100 ranking for the Class of 2013 includes three expected names and one unexpected snub.
American Heritage’s Greg Bryant (No. 23), Glades Central’s Will Likely (79) and Centennial’s Jaynard Bostwick (85) made the cut.
Glades Day’s Kelvin Taylor, who broke Emmitt Smith’s all-time state rushing record last year as a junior, did not.
Taylor, the Post’s All-Area small schools offensive player of the year, put up 2,884 yards and 40 touchdowns on 292 carries, which were some of the state’s highest totals. He has offers from numerous BCS schools, including Florida and Alabama.
“Kelvin is a great player,” said Chris Nee, Rivals’ Florida recruiting analyst. “He just missed making the 100.” Nee said Taylor would be included in the Rivals250, which will be released Thursday.
At least one area coach was surprised by Taylor’s omission. Jupiter Christian coach Bill Powers, who has been burned by Taylor multiple times since he was an eighth-grader, disagreed wholeheartedly.
“Impossible to give Rivals any credibility with Taylor not on their list of top 100 prospects in the country,” Powers posted on Twitter.
Bryant, who earned plenty of accolades after carrying American Heritage to the Class 3A state title, is the fifth-rated prospect in Florida, the top-rated running back in the state and the fourth-ranked running back in the nation.
Bryant (5-11, 205) has offers from more than 23 BCS programs, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and USC. He told reporters after the state title game he would prefer to play in the SEC.
Likely comes in at No. 14 among Florida prospects. A threat on offense, defense and special teams, he is listed as a defensive back. That puts him at No. 14 among national DBs and fifth in a strong class of Florida DBs.
Likely (5-7, 171) has offers from Alabama, Florida, Louisville, LSU, Miami and Purdue.
Bostwick, a defensive tackle who is athletic enough to play the edge, is the 16th overall prospect in Florida. He is the second-rated defensive tackle in the state and eighth in the nation.
Bostwick (6-4, 275) has offers from Cincinnati, FIU, Georgia, Miami and Notre Dame.
Bryant, Likely and Bostwick are rated four-star prospects by Rivals. It’s a good bet Taylor will be, too.
Click here to see Rivals’ full list of the top 100 national prospects for 2013. And, don’t miss the Post’s 2013 spring watch list, which includes more than 75 players we think will have an impact this fall.