Posted by Bryan Fischer
The country's top tight end has made a decision about where he's playing college football and is staying close to home. Land O'Lakes (Fla.) tight end Kent Taylor committed to Florida Thursday afternoon during a ceremony in which he received his jersey for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
“I’m really excited for the opportunity I have to play for Florida,” Taylor said, according to GatorCountry.com. “I’m going to go there and try and win a national championship at Florida.”
The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Taylor selected the Gators over Penn State, Florida State and Georgia among others. He should be a good fit in Charlie Weis' offense, which features the tight end more as a receiver than a blocker on the line. Taylor has the frame to add weight but has speed and will likely play early as more of a pass catcher given the school's lack of depth at the position.
Ranked 34th overall in the country this year, the five-star pushes Florida to second overall in the MaxPreps team rankings as the fifth top 100 recruit for new head coach Will Muschamp. Taylor has 18 catches for 322 yards and three touchdowns this season and becomes the 17th commitment for the Gator's class of 2012 and second at the tight end position.