While the month of July will be slower for West Virginia and college football as a whole after the Fourth of July weekend, the end of July features a few recruits announcing their commitments.
One of those is three-star cornerback Tayvon Nelson (Brooklyn, New York) and the other is four-star wide receiver Carmelo Taylor from Patrick Henry High School in Roanoke, Virginia.
Taylor (6-foot, 170 pounds) narrowed his list of offers to just Penn State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Maryland and West Virginia.
Top 5 brewing! My commitment date will be on the 25th, stay tuned! pic.twitter.com/CcpgQn37b1
— Carmelo D. Taylor (@hellcatmelo) July 3, 2022
Taylor made official visits to South Carolina (June 10) and Penn State (June 24) and hometown Virginia Tech is just up the road from Blacksburg. His relationship with WVU is recent, picking up his official offer on May 28, and it remains to be seen how serious the connection is compared to some of his official visits.
The track star, who has run a 10.56 100-meter dash and 21.56 200-meter dash times for Patrick Henry, winning the state title in the Virginia 5A 100-meter dash, would undoubtedly be a strong addition to WVU’s receiving corps, however.
With elite sprint speed and excellent route running, Henry is an advanced option that could line up out wide as a deep threat or playmaker underneath.
247Sports rates Taylor as the 48th-ranked wide receiver and the sixth-ranked recruit from Virginia in the class while On3 rates him as the 333rd-ranked recruit in the class (47th-ranked wide receiver and the fifth-ranked recruit from Virginia).
Without an official projection from either 247Sports or Rivals, Taylor’s June 25 decision date is up in the air as of the moment. However, a lot could change on the recruiting trail over the next month.
WVU currently holds commitments from four-star Rodney Gallagher (Uniontown, Pennsylvania), three-star Tory Johnson Jr. (Chesapeake, Virginia) and Elijah Caldwell (Rock Hill, South Carolina). With three commitments at receiver but some upheaval on the roster, a fourth could be an option.