Posted: 2:51 pm Monday, September 24th, 2012
By Matt Porter
Give Nick Saban this: he doesn’t surrender easily.
The Alabama coach is still trying to recruit Glades Day running back Kelvin Taylor, according to Taylor and his coach, Pete Walker.
But Saban doesn’t mind. He hopes Taylor, the son of Florida great and former NFL running back Fred Taylor, flips at the last minute to ‘Bama.
“He hasn’t let up yet,” Walker said. “Alabama, they don’t take no for an answer very good. I don’t blame him because kids change their minds all the time.”
As Saban probably knows, Taylor’s father was one of those kids. As a senior at Glades Central in 1993-94, Fred Taylor was a strong verbal commitment to Florida State before changing his mind a week before signing day. Taylor said a visit to Gainesville changed his mind.
“Thursday, he called us and said this is where he was going to go,” then-Seminoles coach Bobby Bowden told The Post in Aug. 1994. “And his coach called us Monday and said he had decided to go to Florida.”
Fred Taylor starred for the Gators under Steve Spurrier, as Kelvin Taylor hopes to do for under current Florida coach Will Muschamp. Taylor, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound tailback and the state’s all-time leading rusher, is the Gators’ top-rated offensive recruit. Muschamp plans to be at Yulee High near Jacksonville this Friday night for Glades Day’s nationally televised game against Yulee (8 p.m., ESPNU) to watch him.
Guess who else will be there? Saban.
“They’re going to keep fighting until the end,” Kelvin Taylor said, reiterating that Alabama “doesn’t have a chance” of landing him.
“That’s part of their job. I can’t really do nothing about it. It’s pretty cool to have this experience. I’m blessed. I just take it all in.”