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Notebook: Kelvin Taylor to show off hands

7/7/2012

Here are the Florida Gator-related notes from Day 2 of The Opening in Beaverton, Ore. You can read the complete notebookInsider here.

Taylor wants to show off his hands

ESPN 150 running back Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Day) holds the Florida state record for career rushing yards.

But this weekend the nation's top-rated running back was eager to show off his hands.

"I'm going to show them this 7-on-7 is my thing," Taylor said. "I can catch the ball out of the backfield, I can run a route down field, I can pretty much do anything the coaches ask me to do."

Taylor caught two passes last season for Glades Day and he's quick to tell anyone who listens that he averaged 33.0 yards per catch and one of his catches went for a touchdown.

"I mean I think I've been able to catch but it's not something we do a lot at my school but I think I'm all right with that," Taylor said. "I mean we've had pretty good success with just me running the ball."

Glades Day won state championships in 2009 and 2010 due in large part to Taylor's running.

Whitfield has the Gators in his top six

ESPN 150 athlete Levonte Whitfield (Orlando, Fla./Jones) has named a top six but said he has no plans of making a rushed decision.

Whitfield, a 5-9, 170-pound athlete, said he's looking at West Virginia, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State, Clemson and Florida. Whitfield, who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds at The Opening, claims more than 20 offers.

"I like the schools, and I'm going to do what I've got to do," Whitfield said. "They're all good programs. I'm looking for playing time and the chemistry with players and coaches."

Whitfield then added one very important factor in his decision.

"I want to make sure the coaches are there for me," he said. "I don't want anyone selling me any BS."

Injury report

Five-star cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) sprained his ankle during the SPARQ preliminary competition on Friday and limited his participation to being a shotgun snapper in today's 7-on-7 pool play.

The 5-10, 185-pound senior says he'll try to give it a go tomorrow.

"We'll see how I feel after another night of rest," Hargreaves said. "It would be tough to come here and not have a chance to compete at all.

"But at the same time I don't want to risk any further injury."

Hargreaves will head to Oregon, USC and Stanford on unofficial visits after The Opening wraps up tomorrow night.