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Virginia Tech has already made a pair of big splashes in the transfer portal via Maryland C Johnny Jordan and Vanderbilt S Tae Daley. However, the Hokies made their biggest splash of the portal to date this cycle landing Clemson DT and 757 native Jordan Williams today.
Williams comes to Blacksburg with two years of eligibility remaining thanks to the COVID free year. Williams had 41 tackles including 9.5 for loss (4 sacks) during his three seasons in Clemson including 5.5 for loss (2.5 sacks) during the 2019 season. Williams saw his role shrink this past season leading him to move on from Clemson after showing that he has the talent to be a high level, Power 5 starting defensive tackle.
With Jarrod Hewitt off to the NFL, Williams should come and immediately start at minimum. However, Williams has shown the talent at Clemson to be one of the ACC's best defensive tackles and not only should be an upgrade at DT, but definitely has legitimate All-ACC breakout potential similar to Khalil Herbert.
There's no doubt that there were plenty of Power 5 schools pursuing Williams, making this a clear massive victory for defensive line coaches Darryl Tapp and Bill Teerlinck. It's also a huge win for the Hokies on the recruiting trail bringing a former top in-state victory back into Virginia and into a position where he should have a great opportunity to shine.
We will have more as this story develops.