West Virginia Football: Jacky Marcellus Commits to WVU

Oliver Crawford IIICorrespondent IIIAugust 3, 2012

Photo Courtesy of Rivals.com
Photo Courtesy of Rivals.com

The ball continues to roll for the Mountaineers on the recruiting trail with the commitment of Jacky Marcellus, an explosive running back out of Immokalee, Florida.

Marcellus is a very shifty all-purpose back and a 3-star recruit by both Rivals and 247Sports.

Chris Anderson of 247Sports was the first to report the talented recruit's intentions to play for the Mountaineers, and this is a huge get for the coaching staff.

It's no secret that the West Virginia football program has done an outstanding job of recruiting the state of Florida, and this commit is another example of searching the Sunshine State for a great football player.

Marcellus' speed is one of his best assets, and he runs the 40-yard dash in the 4.50-second range—and with maturity, he will only get faster.

New defensive line coach Erik Slaughter was the lead recruiter for Marcellus, who picked West Virginia over offers from Minnesota, Vanderbilt and Cincinnati. Clemson, Florida State and Wisconsin also showed interest.

As a running back, he can do it all, and as a junior, he rushed for just under 700 yards with 10 touchdowns and 747 yards receiving with another seven scores.

At 5'8" and 175 pounds, he is built much like current Mountaineer standout Tavon Austin, who also excels at both running and catching the football either at slot or out of the backfield.

Marcellus brings the West Virginia recruiting class up to 12 commits, and with kickoff only a month away, that is outstanding news for Mountaineer fans.

This class is continuing to grow, and it is becoming clear that the move to the Big 12 conference has gotten the attention of recruits.

Who will be next?