Posted: 2:28 pm Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Glades Day’s Kelvin Taylor named USA Today preseason All-American 

By Matt Porter

Add another accolade to the resume of Kelvin Taylor, arguably the state’s most decorated high school player.

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The Glades Day running back was named a USA Today preseason All-American, one of 24 players the publication honored. In December, it named him a first-team All-USA selection.

Taylor, a two-time state champion (2009 and 2010), he broke Emmitt Smith’s state record for career rushing yards (8,804) as a junior. He also holds the state record for touchdowns (148). He is verbally committed to Florida.

He enters his senior season with a chance at the national high school rushing record of 11,232 yards, set by Texas legend Ken “The Sugar Land Express” Hall in 1953. Though Taylor gained 1,584 yards an an eighth-grader, the National Federation of High Schools recognizes totals from grades 9-12. Taylor has 7,946 yards since his freshman year and would need 3,286 yards this fall.

Taylor finished his junior season with 9,530 yards. Among numerous awards, he was named the Post‘s small schools All-Area offensive player of the year, a finalist for Lou Groza Awards Palm Beach County player of the year and finished second in Florida’s Mr. Football balloting.

This month, he was named to the Post‘s 2012 Super 11 team.