Top 25 Transfer Portal Era Transfers at Virginia Tech: Justyn Mutts & Brock Hoffman

Top 25 Transfer Portal Era Transfers at Virginia Tech: Justyn Mutts & Brock Hoffman
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Tim Thomas

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TLP: Editor
Jul 02, 2022

Our countdown of the top 25 transfer portal era transfers at Virginia Tech is nearing its conclusion as we reveal numbers 4 and 3 in our ranking of the top 25. Check out who made those prestigious spots along with the rest of our top 25 below.

4. Brock Hoffman

This portion of the list is headlined by fan favorite transfers who had great success at Virginia Tech starting with Brock Hoffman. His time at Virginia Tech famously started out with a terrible decision by the NCAA to prevent him from getting a waiver because he was just a few miles outside of a "radius" from his hometown which in the NCAA's eyes was unchangeable.

Hoffman proved himself to be a fighter on the field once he got the chance proving to be a big time player even if a terrible NCAA decision (and maybe a poor VT decision to not pursue a waiver on grounds of Coastal Carolina's coaching change) delayed his opportunity a year.

Hoffman was a two-year starter for the Hokies at center being Tech's best center in a while (which includes a group of quality centers) as he earned All-ACC Honorable Mention honors in both of his seasons in Blacksburg. He was part of that powerful offensive line in 2020 that combined with Khalil Herbert produced one of the nation's best rushing attack. The starting offensive line had three future NFL Draft picks in Christian Darrisaw, Lecitus Smith, and Luke Tenuta plus Hoffman who has gotten his NFL chance as an undrafted free agent.

Beyond being a consistent center for the Hokies, Hoffman proved to be a leader for the Hokies who also brought an edge to the offensive line group that made them one of the feared OLs in the ACC over the past two seasons and nationally in 2020.

Hoffman made his mark at Virginia Tech and played a big role on one of the best offensive lines in program history.

3. Justyn Mutts

Justyn Mutts could have a chance to climb all the way to the top of this list, but Mutts has gone from a transfer arriving during a pandemic where he didn't actually get to visit Virginia Tech, to one of the biggest fan favorites in the history of VT Men's Basketball who has relished playing inside a full Cassell Coliseum.

Mutts may not have any All-ACC honors for his play on the court, but that's not because he hasn't been an impact player as a key starter for Tech who in the 2020-21 season averaged 9.5 points, 6..4 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 29.6 minutes per game while shooting 51.2% from the field. Mutts was one of the energy guys for Tech and leaders of that team which became Mike Young's first NCAA Tournament team at Virginia Tech doing so with relative ease.

Then Mutts stepped his game up in the 2021-22 season averaging 10.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.2 steals in 29.9 minutes per game while shooting 53.7% from the field plus 67.5% from the free-throw line which was a 17% jump.

Mutts became more than just a quality low-post big with some ability to stretch the floor as he was a dynamic passer who was key in helping run the Tech offense. He also stepped up his game during conference play which was critical after a slow start to the season before playing a big role to help lead Tech to their first ACC Tournament title to reach a fifth-straight contested NCAA Tournament.

Mutts' status as a fan favorite grew not only due to his play, but also because of the energy on the floor as he savored being in a full Cassell Coliseum initiating plenty of "Lets Go Hokies" chants throughout games.

Now, Mutts will get his chance to be Tech's lead star with Keve Aluma off to the NBA and the path clear for Mutts to cement his legacy even further.