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WSU football recruiting: JC cornerback Robert Taylor commits to Washington State

The cornerback from City College of San Francisco was on an official visit this weekend in Pullman.

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

It's a big recruiting weekend on the Palouse and the coaching staff has already made it a productive one, landing junior college cornerback Robert Taylor's verbal commitment.  Cougfan was the first to report the news of Taylor's pledge.

The previously uncommitted defensive back was on a long list of visitors for this weekend in Pullman and he must've liked what he saw.  Alex Grinch continues to recruit hard for his secondary: this is now the fifth defensive back in the 2016 class, not counting quarterback Justus Rogers who will likely end up in the defensive backfield as well.

Taylor picked WSU over offers from Purdue and West Virginia.  You take a took at his highlight video below but Taylor looks like a solid addition to the a defensive backfield that's getting deeper by the day.  He closes down on receivers with good speed (his Rivals page claims 4.4 over 40 yards) and he moves laterally really nicely as well. At 5'11", 180 pounds, Taylor is destined for the cornerback position and we'll see if he can compete with Marcellus Pippins and Darrien Molten to take a starting job next season. Either way, the more depth in the secondary, the better.

We could be hearing about more verbal commits this weekend as WSU tries the new method of only hosting official visits after the season ends. If things shake out well come signing day, expect for the coaching staff to stick with this from here on out.