Last weekend was primarily an evaluation weekend for Virginia Tech with multiple camps including a Big Man Camp plus a 7-on-7 tournament hosted by Tech. However, Tech also had a major official visitor in local four-star WR Carmelo Taylor out of Roanoke's Patrick Henry HS.
As social media showed, Virginia Tech went all out for Taylor's official visit including pulling out a Dodge Challenger Hellcat for the photoshoot the speedy playmaker who has the nickname "Hellcat".
Though there was plenty of flash during his visit, there was also plenty of substance from the people that Taylor got to be around at Virginia Tech which helped his visit go quite well.
"It was amazing," Taylor said. "Just being around the people really, it was really one big spot."
Taylor gave us a little bit of insight into some of what his visit included beyond the photoshoot.
"I went out to eat with the team and got to connect with the coaches," Taylor said.
Taylor added that he got to spend lots of time with the whole Virginia Tech coaching staff including head coach Brent Pry adding this on how his time and conversations with Pry went.
"It was amazing. Coach Pry is such a good person to be around," Taylor said.
Taylor doesn't have any sort of public top group at the moment though this very much looks like a three-way recruiting battle at the moment with Virginia Tech and South Carolina already hosting him on official visits and Penn State hosting him on an official this weekend.
This comes as his recruitment has taken off in recent weeks due in large part to his impressive track speed preventing schools from overlooking him any longer especially after he broke 10.6 in the 100 meter in a qualifier before winning the VHSL 5A state title at 100 and 200 meters.
"HellCatMelo" 5A state finalists!!! pic.twitter.com/Gsq2Q84SHT— Carmelo D. Taylor (@hellcatmelo) June 3, 2022
Crown me Virginia (100m,200m) pic.twitter.com/2YTlMd6udW— Carmelo D. Taylor (@hellcatmelo) June 4, 2022
Speed can't be taught and Taylor has the type of speed that gives him massive potential especially in an era where speedy receivers like Tyreek Hill and Deebo Samuel have become dynamic NFL playmakers.
For Virginia Tech, this has suddenly become a major recruitment as the two-hour radius around them isn't loaded with large population areas or consistent big time talent pools though the Roanoke Valley is showing improvement with Taylor becoming the second-straight blue chip recruit out of the Roanoke Valley after Gunner Givens last year. Tech has traditionally done extremely well especially within an hour of Blacksburg, but this is a major test against stiff competition for this staff.
Virginia Tech made a strong impression on someone who may now be one of their most important targets of the 2023 cycle in Roanoke four-star WR Carmelo Taylor with the Hokies looking to beat out strong competition for his commitment.