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Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Hargreaves, Taylor jump up in ESPN 150

By Derek Tyson

With 20 verbal commitments, the Florida Gators continue to have one of the top recruiting classes in the country. In the updated ESPN 150/300 rankings, Florida has an impressive 13 players listed, including nine in the top 150.

Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida's only five-star commitment, continues to lead the way for Florida's No. 2-ranked class. Hargreaves, now the No. 3-ranked player in the country, jumped offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil in the latest update.

Making the biggest jump for the Gators is four-star running back Kelvin Taylor. The Under Armour All-American moved from the No. 22 spot up to No. 15. The state of Florida's all-time leading rusher has totaled 1,760 yards rushing and 32 touchdowns this season. Taylor, the son of former UF and NFL running back Fred Taylor, said he feels blessed to be ranked so highly.

"I'm very blessed," Taylor said. "It's a great feeling to know your hard work is paying off. I've got to keep working hard, though. And I want to thank my offensive line. They're great."

Joining Hargreaves and Taylor in the ESPN 150/300 are defensive tackle Caleb Brantley (38); linebackers Daniel McMillian (44), Quinton Powell (80) and James Hearns (280); wide receivers Ahmad Fulwood (49), Alvin Bailey (71) and Marqui Hawkins (218); safeties Keanu Neal (63) and Nick Washington (135); running back Adam Lane (168); and quarterback Max Staver (266).

Defensive end Jordan Sherit, previously ranked No. 254, suffered a season-ending ACL injury and fell from the rankings.