Posted: 12:23 pm Tuesday, May 29th, 2012
By Matt Porter
After a month of spring football, Rivals.com thinks Glades Day running back Kelvin Taylor is among the top 100 prospects in the country.
Rivals.com recruiting analyst Chris Nee said Taylor’s performance at last month’s Nike Football Training Camp in Miami impressed him. Taylor, who says he is up to 215 pounds, showed off his physical side during drills.
“He had added about 20 pounds since I had last seen him and still had the quick feet that are his biggest asset,” Nee said in a text message. “He had a good showing overall displaying that he isn’t just a runner, showing he could block and also catch it.”
The only other Palm Beach County or Treasure Coast player on the list is American Heritage running back Greg Bryant, who drops from 23rd to 28th overall.
Glades Central cornerback William Likely, previously No. 79, and Centennial defense end/tackle Jaynard Bostwick (previously No. 85) have dropped out of Rivals’ top 100. The rest of Rivals’ ratings, Nos. 101-250, will be released Wednesday.
Nee said Bostwick (6-4, 290) is now the ninth-rated defensive tackle in the country, down from eighth, which knocked him out of the top 100.
Despite a great showing at the Nike event, Likely’s size — he is 5-foot-7 and 175 pounds — was the biggest concern for Rivals recruiting analysts, Nee said. That led to other cornerbacks passing him on the list.
“I still view him as an exceptional playmaker who has athletic attributes that allow him to compensate for his being short,” Nee said. “It was agreed upon that he shouldn’t remain ahead of some other cornerbacks.”
Likely, who has not committed to a school, has offers from 18 BCS programs, including Florida, Miami, Alabama, Clemson, Tennessee and Stanford.
Bostwick, also uncommitted, has more than 16 BCS offers including Florida State, Miami, Florida, Alabama and Georgia.
Taylor, the state’s all-time leader in rushing yards and touchdowns, has committed to Florida. Bryant has committed to Oklahoma. All four players are rated as four-star prospects by Rivals.