Posted: 3:43 pm Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Rivals ranks Kelvin Taylor No. 111 prospect in the nationwide class of 2013 

By Matt Porter

Kelvin Taylor didn’t make Rivals.com’s list of the top 100 prospects for next season. He’s not far outside the top 100, though.

Record-setter Kelvin Taylor is the 11th-best running back in the nation for next year's class, according to one major recruiting service. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Record-setter Kelvin Taylor is the 11th-best running back in the nation for next year's class, according to one major recruiting service. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Taylor checked in at No. 111 on the list, making him the 11th-ranked running back in the nation and the 19th-ranked prospect in Florida.

Taylor broke Emmitt Smith’s state rushing record last year as a junior and rushed for 2,884 yards and 40 touchdowns on 292 carries. He’s on track to carry the ball for either Alabama or Florida. Despite that, he is the third-ranked running back in the state, behind American Heritage’s Greg Bryant and St. Petersburg Catholic’s Ryan Green.

Glades Day coach Pete Walker said “it’s kind of a joke” that Taylor isn’t in the top 100. “In my opinion, he’s a top 10 guy,” Walker said, adding that he has watched film on several running backs ranked ahead of Taylor.

“Like I told Kelvin, whether he comes out ranked No. 1 or No. 300, that’s not going to change what he does, and the opportunities he’s going to have,” Walker said.

Bryant (No. 23 overall) was one of three area players to make Rivals’ top 100. Glades Central’s Will Likely (No. 79) and Centennial’s Jaynard Bostwick (No. 85) are the others. Read more about them here.

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