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Virginia Tech RB Deshawn McClease announced today that he will forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the 2020 NFL Draft.
Forever a Hokie‼️ 33 ✌🏾 pic.twitter.com/Pm23v7FXUC— Deshawn McClease (@saicko_slim) January 6, 2020
McClease ran for 843 rushing yards, the most for a Virginia Tech RB in a single season under Justin Fuente, and 7 touchdowns while averaging 4.8 yards per carry this past season.
The Chesapeake, VA native has been at Tech for 5 seasons, but had one season left due to redshirting in 2015 and receiving a medical redshirt for the 2016 season.
His decision comes after McClease told reporters after the Belk Bowl that he still hadn't reached a decision on his football future. The facts that he has been at VT for 5 seasons, has 2 degrees, and just had his best collegiate season are likely all factors in his decision to turn pro.
With McClease leaving, Kansas grad transfer Khalil Herbert and rising sophomore Keshawn King will likely lead the Hokies' backfield. Redshirt Jalen Holston, JUCO RB Marco Lee, and redshirt freshman Tahj Gary are also names to watch for Tech's 2020 RB depth chart.
We will have more as this story develops.