Last season, Virginia Tech football coach Brent Pry found a lot of success in the transfer portal after adding some players on offense. Some of those players played a big role in the 2023 success of the Hokies and most of them are returning for 2024. On the defensive side of the football, Pry added some additions for coordinator Chris Marve. Over the last two months, the Hokies once again have added players for next season the portal, and with some of the new additions comes even more hope for next fall.
There is a lot to like going forward for Virginia Tech and here are three reasons why the 2024 transfer portal class brings a lot of excitement.
More talented unit on defense
Both the offense and defense saw improvements over the final eight weeks of the season once ACC play began and they carried that over to the Military Bowl victory over Tulane. Before the Hokies added transfers, some of their top defensive players announced that they were coming back, including Antwaun Powell-Ryland and Josh Fuga along the line and Mansoor Delane and Dorian Strong in the secondary.
Aeneas Peebles from Duke, Kelvin Gilliam from Oklahoma, and Kemari Copeland from Western Iowa Community College were added to give Virginia Tech one of the better defensive lines. At linebacker, Sam Brumfield from Middle Tennessee State will solidify the second level for the Hokies. Next year’s defense could be really, really good.