Virginia Tech Football: UCLA transfer QB would fill massive need for the Hokies in 2024

UCLA transfer quarterback Collin Schlee would be a huge addition for Virginia Tech for 2024.
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One week after the 2024 Spring Game and the official opening of the spring transfer portal, the Virginia Tech football team, and head coach Brent Pry have some needs. Sliding to near the top of the list is a backup quarterback for Kyron Drones next season.

One of the battles to watch this spring was the battle between Pop Watson and Dylan Wittke for the QB2 spot behind Drones going into fall practices this summer. Following the Spring Game, Pry said that Watson was ahead of Wittke for that spot. Three days later, Wittke entered the transfer portal to look to play somewhere else next season. That leaves a rather big gap for the No. 3 spot next fall and finding another scholarship player is a must for Pry and offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen.

This week, the Hokies reportedly offered a quarterback in the transfer portal for next season and he is just what Virginia Tech needs.

Virginia Tech offered UCLA quarterback Collin Schlee

Kolby Crawford of 247Sports reported that the Hokies offered UCLA transfer quarterback Collin Schlee for next season. He would be just what Pry needs to serve as another capable QB should something happen to Drones.

Last season for the Bruins, the Ijamsville, Maryland native was 25-for-47 for 217 yards, but in UCLA's 35-22 Los Angeles Bowl victory over Boise State, he was 11-for-16 for 78 yards and a touchdown through the air, while rushing for 127 yards on seven carries as the Bruins rallied for a win over the Broncos.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior is a dual-threat quarterback which is what the Hokies have in Drones and Watson, and has a strong arm and reads the field well. Last season Virginia Tech found out just how valuable having a reliable backup is after Grant Wells went down in Week 2 and Drones took over. Schlee would be nice insurance for the Hokies going into 2024.