published Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Signal Mountain junior Taelor Kellum commits to play volleyball for Florida

Signal Mountain's Taelor Kellum spikes the ball during their District 7-AA high school volleyball tournament championship match against Notre Dame at Signal Mountain High School in Signal Mountain, Tenn.
Signal Mountain's Taelor Kellum spikes the ball during their District 7-AA high school volleyball tournament championship match against Notre Dame at Signal Mountain High School in Signal Mountain, Tenn.
Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Signal Mountain junior Taelor Kellum has accepted a scholarship offer to play volleyball at the University of Florida.

Kellum, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker, visited the Gainesville campus over the summer when she attended a volleyball camp there.

"I loved the campus, the players, the atmosphere," Kellum said. "They were great."

Kellum has had interest from other NCAA Division I schools, including Tennessee, Auburn and Butler.

Signal Mountain coach Jennifer Redman said Kellum had a big growth spurt while she was in middle school. By the time Kellum got to high school, Redman said she began seeing signs that she could become a Division I recruit. The coach added that it has all come together for her this season.

"She's really stepped it up," Redman said. "In my opinion she's a completely different player than in years past. I named her a team captain just because of my faith in her. Her blocking and passing have been more consistent this year. And she's been better at hitting around blocks."

Kellum said the trip to Florida over the summer did wonders.

"When I went to camp down there, I learned a few things and brought them back with me," Kellum said.

Contact Kelley Smiddie at ksmiddie@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6653. Follow him at twitter.com/KelleySmiddie.

about Kelley Smiddie...

Kelley Smiddie is a sports writer who has worked at the Times Free Press for 12 years. He covers high school sports and softball. Kelley’s hometown is Chattanooga, and he graduated from Brainerd High School and graduated Chattanooga State and UTC. Contact Kelley at 423-757-6653 or ksmiddie@timesfreepress.com.

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