In an interview with Phil Kornblut of The State, a newspaper in Columbia, SC, Clemson grad transfer RB Tavien Feaster revealed that he is down to Virginia Tech and South Carolina with a decision appearing to be imminent.
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Feaster visited Virginia Tech earlier this summer with indications from sources around the program being that the visit went quite well. Outside of this interview, Feaster’s transfer process has been extremely quiet as he finishes up his degree at Clemson this summer to gain immediate eligibility next fall.
Unsurprisingly, The State notes that the Hokies have been in constant contact with Feaster with assistant Jafar Williams leading the charge on the Hokies’ end. Meanwhile, South Carolina appears to not be in contact as often, but it would be shocking if the Gamecocks didn’t make a hard push for arguably the best grad transfer available this offseason.
In discussing his Virginia Tech visit, Feaster told The State that the Hokies made their need for a feature running back quite clear.
“I liked it, I liked the players,” Feaster told Phil Kornblut of The State. “I got to hang out with the offensive linemen. And in the program they don’t have a feature running back, and running back is the only spot they are willing to take a grad transfer.”
There’s no doubt that Feaster would be a game-changing addition for the Hokies and the most talented running back Virginia Tech has had since at least David Wilson.
Feaster never had the opportunity to be the featured back as he easily would in Blacksburg, but he was still extremely productive for Clemson averaging 6.0 yards per carry during his Clemson career while averaging no fewer than 5.6 yards per carry in a single season. In 2018, Feaster ran for 440 yards and 6 touchdowns averaging 5.6 yards per carry, slightly down from his 669-yard, 7-touchdown (6.3 yards per carry) performance during the 2017 season.
However, Feaster’s efficiency is significantly better than any Tech back over the past several years and would have a chance to match the numbers he had during his Clemson career in a single season.
There’s no doubt that Tavien Feaster would be a game-changing addition for an offense that is a running back away from having the best case to be the second best offense on-paper in the ACC behind Clemson highlighted by a passing game loaded with talented options and a returning starter at QB in Ryan Willis.