- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
YULEE, Fla. -- The state of Florida's top two all-time leading rushers, Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glades, Fla./Glades Day) and Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee) squared off Friday night on ESPNU. The two four-star running backs didn't disappoint with their performance. Henry, an Alabama commit and Taylor, a Florida commit, accounted for 585 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on the night.
Taylor, who finished with 223 rushing yards and a touchdown on 35 carries, says he hopes he will have more opportunities to face off against Henry on the next level.
"It was a great game out there and a crazy atmosphere," Taylor said. "It was great and humbling to play in front of that crowd and we just came up short but we will fix that in practice on Monday. Derrick is a hell of a running back, hats off to him. We're both going to D-1 colleges and hopefully will have a few more games like we did tonight."
Recent reports have stated that Alabama head coach Nick Saban has continued to recruit Taylor, the No. 1-ranked running back in the country, despite him being verbally committed to the Gators since February. Taylor says he's flattered, but is firm in his commitment to the Gators.
"I'm not going up to Bama," Taylor said. "I am 100 percent Gators, but like I've said it's a very blessed experience to have him still trying to recruit me, but I am 100-percent going to Florida."
For Taylor, he will officially visit Florida this weekend to watch the Gators take on the LSU Tigers on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET.
"It's going to be a great game and I am excited to get up there and hope my Gators come out with a win," he said. "It will be very exciting."
Through five games, Taylor has rushed for 1,105 yards and has totaled 10,805 career rushing yards.