Virginia Tech football coach Brent Pry's recruiting prowess strikes again

Virginia Tech football coach Brent Pry continues to strike it big with the transfer portal.
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Even before the spring transfer portal opened, Virginia Tech football coach Brent Pry knew what some of his needs were. Following the Hokies Spring Game on April 13, Pry said that Pop Watson had emerged as the QB2 behind Kyron Drones and that the former Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year was ahead of Dylan Wittke. Pry then went on to say that they were going to look to add a quarterback in the upcoming transfer portal.

Wittke made that even more crucial as he entered the transfer portal a few days later before committing to Minnesota. That left the Hokies with Drones, Watson, and incoming freshman Davi Belfort. An addition was needed and Pry once again proved to be a winner in the portal.

Brent Pry picks up commitment from Collin Schlee

As we found out last season, the backup quarterback is in a huge position of need at any moment. Grant Wells went down in Week 2 against Purdue and in stepped Drones, a transfer from Baylor. You can make the case that once he got his feet wet in the Hokies’ system under offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen, things took off Virginia Tech who went from 1-3 to 6-6 following a dominating win over Virginia on Thanksgiving Weekend to become bowl-eligible.

Adding Collin Schlee from UCLA is a home run move by Pry. He is experienced from his days at Kent State and UCLA and should have no problem sliding needed. He brings a similar skill set that Drones has with his ability to throw the ball and run it. It seems like there would be very little drop-off in terms of what Bowen, Pry, and the Hokies would want to do. You have to think that Schlee did not have a school where he could start this season and chose the best option for him and his family being a Maryland native.

What is even better for Virginia Tech is that Schlee is someone you would feel very comfortable sliding in and with only one year of eligibility remaining, he’s not to block Watson next season or the following season should Drones decide to leave via the transfer portal or NFL. Once again, Pry hit it out of the park and made yet another room deeper and more talented for the 2024 season.