Through the first two days of the college football transfer portal, the names of players leaving their schools have been coming in fast and furious. Over the last week, some members of Virginia Tech are starting to make their way to the portal and Tuesday night, cornerback Derrick Canteen announced that he is entering the portal.
Derrick Canteen announces he’s entering the transfer portal
A cornerback, Canteen, a native of Georgia, will enter the transfer portal, but in his message on X, he said that he will stay with the Hokies through the Military Bowl against Tulane on Dec. 27 because of “unfinished business.”
This season for defensive coordinator Chris Marve, Canteen registered 42 tackles, 22 solo, and had an interception in a 30-13 ACC victory over Wake Forest at Lane Stadium on Oct. 14. In Virginia Tech’s 24-17 non-conference loss at Marshall on Sept. 23, he had a season-high seven tackles, a week after registering six in a loss at Rutgers.
In the Hokies’ 48-22 win at Boston College on Nov. 11 at Alumni Stadium, Canteen had five tackles, and a week later he had four, including three solo, in a 35-28 loss at home to North Carolina State.
Canteen is the first defensive player to announce that he is entering the transfer portal for second-year head coach Brent Pry. Previously, tight end Dae’Quan Wright and running back Bryce Duke announced they were entering the portal, but Antwaun Powell-Ryland announced on X Sunday that he’ll be returning in 2024 with his 9.5 sacks the Florida transfer recorded this season.
Canteen spent his first three seasons at Georgia Southern and in 2022, he had 64 tackles, 39 solo for the Eagles. In his first season of 2020, he had 48 tackles for Georgia Southern, before having just five in 2021.