Kelvin Taylor, the son of former NFL great Fred Taylor, is emerging as one of the best running backs in the the State of Florida in the Class of 2013. Taylor rushed for a staggering 426 yards Friday night – which set a county record – but it isn’t even his best single-game effort (437 in a playoff game last year). Taylor’s been so jaw-dropping this year …
The junior is now No.2 on the Florida all-time rushing list with 8,149 yards. I have alluded to the possibility that Taylor could overtake Emmitt Smith’s 8,804 yard this season. Only 655 yards away, that once outside shot seems to be an inevitability.
Taylor’s prodigious performance can reopen the slim possibility of him becoming the single-best runner in high school football history. That mark of 11,232 yards, set by Ken Hall of Sugar Land, Texas, between 1950 and 1953, is just over 3,000 yards away.
Taylor was 5-foot-11, 205 in 8th grade (that’s the size of some NFL backs), and he’s being coveted by the likes of Florida and Alabama. Taylor won’t set any single-season rushing records in Florida, though. No way he’s touching Travis Henry’s incredible 4,087 yards (291 yards per game!) and 42 touchdowns from 1996. Yes, that Travis Henry.
His dad, Fred, went to Florida, won a title with Steve Spurrier in 1996, and finished with 3,075 yards and 31 touchdowns.