My countdown of the top 25 transfer portal era transfers at Virginia Tech resumes today after a couple days off with the 5 transfers who just missed out on making the top 10. This list includes a couple athletes who are still at Virginia Tech and could easily boost their status up this list in the future.
So with that, here's 15-11 on my top 25 transfer portal era transfer rankings along with the other parts of our transfer portal series below.
- Top 5 Recent Pre-Transfer Portal Era Transfers
- 25-21 Transfer Portal Era Transfers
- 20-16 Transfer Portal Era Transfers
15. Morgan Overaitis
Morgan Overaitis is one of those players who could easily jump into the top 10 in a future addition of this list given that she is poised to be a full-time starter for a second-straight season after being a utility player in 2021 after transferring from Michigan before her big jump this past season.
She only started in 26 games this past season but played in 46 and was quite productive with an impressive .341 batting average to go with 4 home runs and 20 RBIs plus a .438 on-base percentage and .610 slugging percentage. Though she didn't start or play as much in the postseason, she also had some timely hits including during the Florida Super Regional.
There's no doubt that Overaitis has continued to grow as a softball player since transferring from Michigan to Virginia Tech and proved this year that she can be a quality starter for the Hokies on a regular basis. Going forward, it wouldn't be surprising if we look back on this list a year from now and wonder why I didn't have her higher.
14. Kayana Traylor
Kayana Traylor was another big, splashy transfer addition for Kenny Brooks having been an All-Big 10 player for Purdue prior to joining the Hokies. This past season, she proved why she was that while proving to be a valuable sixth women off the bench for Tech who made a big impact in her role.
She averaged an impressive 10.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 27.2 minutes per game off the bench proving to be the type of sparkplug that a team dreams of having in those situations. She also was clearly a part of Virginia Tech's best 5 lineup as well, but Brooks could use Traylor creatively to Tech's best success.
She also stepped up in some big moments for Tech averaging 18.5 points per game in Tech's two games at the ACC Women's Tournament filling in well when Elizabeth Kitley got hurt and taking on some of the scoring load that was lost with Kitley's absence.
Traylor, like Overaitis, also has a great chance to continue climbing this list on a 2022-23 Virginia Tech team that has added even more transfer talent to go with Traylor, Kitley, and Georgia Amoore which rightly has Tech fans thinking they could make a Final Four run.
13. Braxton Burmeister
There may be many surprised to see that a guy who started 16 games at quarterback for Virginia Tech didn't make the top 10 while others wondering how he is even this high on this list given the ups and downs that he had.
There's no doubt that Burmeister had his ups and downs, but he proved to be a solid player for the Hokies. However, Burmeister also looked at times like an athlete playing QB rather than a polished QB with arm strength and down-field accuracy issues holding him back from being a top 10 player on this.
However, starting 16 games at quarterback for Virginia Tech means you deserve a place on this list fairly high up especially given he threw for 2,647 yards with 16 touchdowns and only 5 interceptions over 2 seasons including 16 starts. He also ran for 714 rushing yards over his 2 seasons at Virginia Tech including a solid average of 4.5 yards per carry this past season which is notable given how sacks factor into that total.
Burmeister now is off to San Diego State which seems like a great place for him to take the next steps and succeed though there is no denying some of the great moments that he had including his standout performances against UVA in 2020 and 2021 plus the opener against UNC in 2021 and Senior Day against Duke this past season. Those moments help push Burmeister to #13 on our top 25.
12. Eduardo Malinowski
Eduardo Malinowski comes in at #12 after a season that started really well for the former Penn transfer, but cooled off at the end of it. However, there's no doubt that Malinowski played a strong role in helping Virginia Tech baseball reached heights never seen prior to 2022.
Malinowski was Tech's starting 2B throughout this past season batting .252 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs to go with a .341 on-base percentage and a .514 slugging percentage. He also was effective on the basepaths stealing 6 bases in 7 attempts plus was a quality defenders with only 3 errors and a .985 fielding percentage.
Yes, Malinowski may have cooled off down the stretch of the season, but he played a valuable role in helping ignite this Virginia Tech team to become the greatest arguably in school history from winning the ACC regular season title to earning the highest national seed in school history at #4 to reaching the Super Regionals for the first time. That's a pretty good legacy to have for just one season.
11. Mayola Kinyua
You probably will see some names that, unless you are tracking every Tech sport in great detail, you may not recognize. However, Mayola Kinyua is a name you should know after a pair of productive seasons for Virginia Tech Men's Soccer.
After transferring from Appalachian State, Kinyua immediately became a starter in Tech's midfield during the elongated 2020-21 season where he was second on the team in minutes while starting 14 games during that season. He followed that up with a strong 2021 season where he proved valuable in Tech's midfield on his way to earning All-ACC Third Team honors.
There's no doubt that Kinyua has played valuable roles on two NCAA Tournament teams at Virginia Tech including the 2020-21 one that reached the Round of 16. He also still has one more year to continue to be that productive player in the heart of midfield who may not put up big numbers on the stat sheet, but plays a valuable role that is undeniable especially by those who vote for All-ACC awards.