Virginia Tech Football: Hokies transfer are on campus & ready to get to work for 2024

Over the weekend, the Virginia Tech football team had their transfers and some incoming freshman players arrived in Blacksburg.
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Between the regular season final at Virginia on Thanksgiving Weekend and the Military Bowl on Dec. 27, Virginia Tech football coach Brent Pry and his staff did some of their best work in between games in the transfer portal. Yes, they did have some players enter the transfer portal to announce that they are going to play elsewhere in 2024, but some of the names incoming to Blacksburg are some pretty key ones that are going to step in and help right away.

This past weekend, those players and even some incoming recruits made their way onto the Virginia Tech campus and are ready to start the work to get ready to hopefully make an impact in the Hokies program beginning Labor Day Weekend.

Virginia Tech transfers are on campus

Four names in the portal that are coming to Virginia Tech, Aeneas Peebles from Duke, Kelvin Gilliam from Oklahoma, Sam Brumfield from Middle Tennesse State, and Kemari Copeland from Western Iowa Community College on defense are in Blacksburg. Offensive lineman Montavious Cunningham of Georgia State is also a key addition.

Peebles, Gilliam, and Copeland are joining a defensive front that got the nickname "Sacksburg" with Antwaun Powell-Ryland leading the group and he too is returning next season along with Josh Fuga. With the three players mentioned above, there is a good chance that the sack numbers are going to go up and make life difficult for opposing offensive lines and quarterbacks.

The last two years, the transfer portal has been big for Pry and his staff. Last season the big focus was on offense, along with some defensive players, but this year, the focus was clearly on the other side of the ball and bringing in players that are going to contribute right away.

Tate Kendall, a long snapper from UMass-Amherst, and Elijah Haughawout of Army are also coming in, while nine incoming freshmen are also on campus and getting ready to work. The work for 2024 is underway.