Kelvin Taylor pitches Florida to UA teammate

With only two days left until the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., the players are hard at work during the third practice of the week.

Florida Gators running back commitment Kelvin Taylor has enjoyed the competitive nature of the week up to this point.

“We are having a great time competing,” Taylor said. “We’re going hard against each other, and I’m just so happy to be out here. It’s a blessing to be out here with all of these great players.”

Although he’s going up against some of the best high school players in the country, Taylor has been satisfied with his performances in the three practices.

“I think I’ve done great,” he said. “I had a couple of touchdown runs during the scrimmage the other day and today I had a wheel route for a touchdown. I’m just competing hard and having a good time on every play. … The game speed is a lot quicker out here.”

Throughout this week, it seems as if one of Taylor’s main goals was to convince Robert Nkemdiche, the nation’s No. 1 defensive end, to take a visit to Florida and it’s paid off.

“He said he’s going to take an official visit to Florida soon,” Taylor said. “I think he said Jan. 18, but we’re just talking right now. [Nkemdiche] is my boy.”

Even the other Gators commitments have joined Taylor in recruiting Nkemdiche to the orange and blue.

“We hung out all night last night,” Taylor said. “Me, him, Marcel [Harris] and Alvin [Bailey] all hung out inside my room. All of us are going to watch the [Sugar Bowl] tonight.”

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Drew is a senior at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. When not at school, Drew resides in Lakeland, Fla. Ever since working on his high school yearbook, Drew has had an interest in pursuing a journalism career after college. In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of his school newspaper, The Samford Crimson, Drew has also been with Gator Country as an intern for one year. He enjoys the finer things in life like Tampa Bay Rays baseball and always making sure to make fun of the Atlanta Braves to Andrew Spivey’s face.