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Will 2024 4-Star WR Alex Taylor Keep WVU in Top Schools Without Tony Washington?



In this day and age, recruits, especially four-star caliber players, have more options than ever before. They are often going to weigh those options until the last possible moment.

Wide receiver Alex Taylor fits the description of a player with plenty of options, options he can think about throughout the next year. And West Virginia recently learned its among the college programs Taylor is considering when the North Carolina product placed the Mountaineers on his current top 10 list.

WVSN then caught up with Taylor to ask the four-star receiver from the 2024 class about his recruitment process and what he likes about WVU.

Taylor immediately started talking about the coaches when answering why West Virginia is still on his list after narrowing it down recently.

“Definitely Tony Washington. Having a great relationship with him and how he coaches pushed WVU up,” said Taylor who actually offered this response around the time reports leaked to indicate Washington was being hired by Liberty.

Report: Liberty Hiring WVU WR Coach Tony Washington

Will Washington’s departure from the program trigger Taylor to now remove WVU from further consideration? That’s a fair question to wonder, especially because Taylor gave an honest “little bit” response when asked for a follow up due to the news about Washington.

Taylor said he hasn’t talked directly with head coach Neal Brown yet, but feels he’s a great coach. While Taylor admitted he does not know much about the history of West Virginia football, he did say he is studying up on the Mountaineers over the years and likes how much talent has come through the program at the receiver position.

Before Taylor makes his choice between a group of schools that includes Auburn, ECU, North Carolina, Missouri, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Penn State, North Carolina State and Wake Forest to go along with WVU, he still has som lofty goals he hopes to achieve. “Get a state championship, be a all state player and finish my high school career with a undefeated regular season record,” said Taylor about his plans for his senior season ahead. And checking all of that off could certainly lead to even more offers and opportunity.

Adding a player like Taylor would be a boost to the future of the Mountaineers, and would create some security over a position of need that will be filled by freshman and transfers in 2023. Taylor may see WVU as a program that could provide a chance for playing time and to make an immediate impact.

It will now be up to whoever takes over for Washington to build the same strong relationship with Taylor WVU’s now former wide receivers coach apparently did.

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