Virginia Tech Football: Hokies land FCS corner from the transfer portal

With Caleb Farley no longer an option for the Hokies in 2021, the team went to the transfer portal to add depth at the position

Illinois State cornerback Devin Taylor has committed to Virginia Tech via the transfer portal after spending just one day after entering.

During his time at Illinois State, Taylor appeared in 35 games for the Redbirds including 15 in the 2019 season where he recorded 65 total tackles, five interceptions and 24 defended passes. His efforts last year saw him earn both a third-team FCS All-American nod by Phil Steele.com and was named an All-Missouri Valley Football Conference First-Team selection.

 

Andy Bitter of The Athletic, who first broke the story, noted that Taylor graduated this summer and will be immediately eligible for Virginia Tech as a grad transfer.

Virginia Tech has dipped their toe into the transfer portal a couple of times this offseason, bringing in former FCS Villanova wide receiver Changa Hodge. They have also multiple FBS talent join their roster this season headlined by former Kansas products in Khalil Herbert and Evan Fairs. Tech also added depth to their defensive line with former Youngstown State defensive end Justus Reed who joined as a grand-transfer and Rutgers offensive athlete Raheem Blackshear who has appealed his ineligible season.

Taylor’s addition to the Hokies defense comes at a time where depth is a necessity. With the loss of Caleb Farley through his decision to opt-out of the 2020 season, his addition will aid in boosting the secondary after losing such a cornerstone piece.