Land O’Lakes tight end Kent Taylor broke his hand during last week’s preseason win over Anclote, Gators coach Brian Wachtel said in a text message Monday morning. But it's unclear how long Land O'Lakes could be without the nation's top tight end prospect.
Wachtel said X-rays showed that Taylor broke a bone in his hand, but his playing status is unknown for Land O’Lakes’ regular season opener at Zephyrhills on Friday.
“We are awaiting results from an appointment on his status,” Wachtel said in a text message.
Taylor has dozens of college offers and is considering Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Penn State. The four-star recruit is regarded by Rivals.com, Scout.com and others as the nation’s No. 1 tight end. Rivals ranks him as the country’s No. 68 overall prospect. Scout has him at No. 63.
Taylor had three catches for 67 yards and a touchdown in the Gators’ 36-0 preseason victory.
The 6-foot-5 Taylor caught 36 passes for 626 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. He’s expected to be an even larger part of Land O’Lakes’ offense this year under Wachtel.
After playing Zephyrhills in Week 1, the Gators have two of their toughest games of the season. Land O'Lakes hosts Pasco on Sept. 9 in a showdown of the county's top two teams and hosts Hernando on Sept. 23 in the district opener between the top two teams in Class 6A, District 6.
Taylor could not be reached for comment.