With the departures of Isaiah Ford and Bucky Hodges to the NFL, plenty of concerns have been raised about Virginia Tech’s wide receiver depth with Cam Phillips and C.J. Carroll being the only two returning wideouts that received significant playing time last season and Justin Fuente liking to have 6 to 8 quality wide receivers.
The Hokies do have some talented young WRs in guys like Phil Patterson, Eric Kumah, and Kalil Pimpleton; but with a lot of proven guys on the roster, the Hokies looked around to bring in one or two older receivers and have done so.
Ohio State WR James Clark has decided to transfer to Virginia Tech and will graduate this spring, making himself eligible to play this fall as first reported by the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Clark was a four-star recruit coming out of high school in Daytona Beach, FL but made a small impact at Ohio State with only 6 catches for 47 receiving yards this past season.
At 5’10”, Clark projects to be a slot receiver and with Cam Phillips shifting more outside, it seems likely that Clark can earn some extensive playing time this upcoming season. Clark will have a short amount of time to learn Virginia Tech’s offense but given how he has been playing high level college football for the past four years, that learning curve shouldn’t be too difficult for a guy who should be used to the high intensity of the top of college football.
James Clark joins a very small group of grad transfers to Virginia Tech that includes former starting QB Michael Brewer who started for the Hokies for two seasons after being a grad transfer out of Texas Tech. Clark will definitely be hoping to have a significant role in his one season of eligibility as Brewer had in his two years after transferring to Virginia Tech.