7 UF football players enroll early


Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 4:56 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 4:56 p.m.

Seven members of Florida's 2013 class have enrolled early at UF for the spring semester.

The recruits arrived in Gainesville over the past few days and all are now on campus.

The headliner is Belle Glades Glades Day running back Kelvin Taylor, who is the son of former UF and NFL running back Fred Taylor. The Under Armour All-American is ranked No. 1 at his position and No. 15 overall by ESPN.

He holds the state high school record for the most rushing yards (12,121) and touchdowns (191) in a career. This past season, Taylor was named the Lou Groza Player of the Year and the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 2A Player of the Year.

“I'm blessed to be a Gator. It's been my dream since I was a little kid,” Taylor said. “I can't wait to compete in spring practice and work hard this offseason. Hopefully I can contribute as a freshman.”

Although Taylor is the most heralded recruit, reciever Demarcus Robinson (Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County) may make the most immediate impact in 2013. The Army All-American has a skill set unlike any other wideout on Florida's roster, and that could result in early playing time if he learns the playbook this spring.

Another early enrollee who might see the field next season is JUCO offensive linemen Tyler Moore (St. Petersburg College), who started for Nebraska as true freshman in 2011 and has three years of eligibility left.

JUCO offensive linemen signee Trenton Brown (Milledgeville Georgia Military) did not enroll early as planned because he came up a couple credits short. Brown will report in the summer with the incoming freshmen.

Joining Florida's defensive line is JUCO defensive tackle Darious Cummings (Scooba East Mississippi CC) and Dade City Pasco prospect Joey Ivie. Cummings is expected to see significant snaps in the fall, while Ivie will play both end and tackle as he fills out his frame.

The UF linebacking corps gets a pair of highly rated recruits in Daniel McMillian (Jacksonville First) and Matt Rolin (Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods). Both are All-Americans and ESPN150 members.

Rolin is recovering from surgery on the torn ACL he suffered in November, but he plans to play next season.

“I don't think redshirting is necessary unless my knee is not 100 percent,” Rolin said. “The doctor told me I should be back around fall camp.”

The Gators have 26 members in their 2013 class and currently have four more scholarships available without further attrition. Excluding Brown, the verbal commitments of the other 18 prospects are not binding until they sign their national letter of intent on Feb. 6.

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