Taylor is Ready to Contribute

Up about 20 pounds and even faster than he was as a senior, Florida freshman –to-be Kent Taylor has put himself in the best position possible to walk on the field in Gainesville and contribute early. Time will tell when that first moment is that he does see action as a Gator, but Taylor thinks he is ready now.

First thing is first and we caught up with Kent Taylor as he was about to walk the stage with his Land O' Lakes graduation cap and gown on and finish the ritual that will allow him to continue on to the next level. With that in mind, Taylor says that with his great high school days, he wants to be remembered as more than just a grid iron guy that attained the number one tight end in America status.

"I just want them to remember me as a good person," he said of his fellow students and teachers at Land O' Lakes. "I want them to remember me as a good football player, but more so a good person."

Now at 6-5 and 230 pounds, Taylor feels he has put himself in a position physically to play early at Flo4rida and then he hopes that will lead to some on the field success down the road.

"I have gotten faster and bigger," he said. "I work out at a place called Cooper's Speed and Strength school and he helps me with that stuff. "I would love to win the John Mackey Award (college football's top tight end) and get drafted, and also get a degree."

Taylor has been busy getting to know the Brent Pease offense that was brought in and he loves what he sees so far.

"I have the play book and it is very crazy, it is a lot to learn," he said. "It is a very tight end friendly offense, they use a lot of two and three tight ends and I know I can contribute as a freshman. Still, I know I have to earn it."

The 2012 class is one that really got to know each other through the recruiting process. It helped with guys like Taylor that there were plenty of players that signed from his area of the state.

Fellow tight end signee Colin Thompson isn't from the Tampa area, but the two hit it off early in the process. Amazingly the Thompson is rated the number two tight end in America, thus the Gators landed the top two.

"Colin is a really good guy, we both want to be good together and have a lot of the same interests," Taylor said of his future teammate.

Dante Fowler is from the Tampa area and he and Taylor have been friends for a while. A public commitment to Florida State for most of the recruiting process and until signing day, Taylor said he knew Fowler was going to make the official switch about a week and a half before the announcement.

"He told me on his official visit that he would be a Gator," Taylor said. "He is a big strong physical specimen and really good. I think if he turns out like they think he will, he will be very good."

This Florida contingent of signees is a very strong one and finished ranked in the top five in America. It is their work ethic that seems to set them apart and that is something that Taylor embodies as well and plans to continue. Gators' should expect one main thing from him.

"I am going to work hard, day in and day out," he said. "I am going to try and do my best."

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