Posted: 2:20 pm Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

Kelvin Taylor ranked top 2013 running back prospect by ESPN 

By Jeff Greer

ESPN released its first rankings of the class of 2013 recruiting field, and Glades Day running back Kelvin Taylor got plenty of love.

Taylor broke the Florida high school football career rushing record during his junior season.

Taylor (6-0, 215 pounds) is ranked the No. 1 running back in the class and the 22nd-best prospect in America in the ESPN 150. Taylor, who verbally committed to Florida over the winter, is seven spots ahead of American Heritage tailback Greg Bryant (5-11, 200), the next-highest-rated back in the class who committed to Oklahoma two weeks ago. The top ranking comes after Taylor’s standout performance this past weekend at the Nike Football Training Camp in Miami, where he was listed as one of the offensive stars of the camp.

Atlantic defensive tackle Keith Bryant (6-2, 292 pounds) is ranked 70th. Glades Central cornerback Will Likely, American Heritage offensive lineman Roderick Johnson and Centennial defensive lineman Jaynard Bostwick didn’t make the list.

Robert Nkemdiche, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end from Loganville, Ga., is the top-rated player in the nation. Lake City-Columbia offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (6-6, 280) and Tampa-Wharton cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, are both in the top five and the highest-ranked Floridians.