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As soon as Youngstown State DE Justus Reed announced that he was entering the transfer portal, it became clear that Virginia Tech was going to pursue him as shown my the mass staff following him of him on social media.
Now that Reed is officially in the portal, the Hokies have proven that to be true.
Reed told us that Virginia Tech was the first to reach out to him with defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton being the one to do so.
"VT was the first. I had a great conversation with the DC and there’s been quite a few people since. FSU, LSU, Ole Miss, Toledo, Illinois, Indiana; just a lot of schools right now so I’m just trying to see what all my options are," Reed said.
The conversation with Justin Hamilton quite well as Hamilton explained how the Hokies can see Reed fitting on the 2020 team.
"Great conversation about the school and program, what they are all about, what they are looking for, and how they would use me if I were to come there," Reed said.
Reed left that conversation with a strong first impression of the Hokies' defensive coordinator and Virginia Tech as a whole.
"Genuine guy, family oriented, and there’s a great structure and culture at VT," Reed said.
Later in the day on Friday, the Hokies also became the first to formally offer Reed. Give the amount of interest, his impressive season at Youngstown State, and his great size for the position; it seems likely that his offer list will only grow rapidly in the coming days.
Looking ahead, Reed isn't sure when he will make a decision, but knows he has time given that he has a semester to finish at Youngstown State. However, Reed does know what he is looking for in his next, and final, college football destination.
"Just the best fit, and where I’m needed and going to be able to showcase my ability to try to get to the next level," Reed said.
Given Virginia Tech's intent on improving the defensive end talent in the short term for the 2020 season, the Hokies would seem to fit that mold quite well for Reed. Reed also would give Tech a proven pass rusher after he had 13 sacks last season. Overall, he finished with 42 total tackles including 19 for loss plus 5 QB hurries, 2 forced fumbles, and 2 pass breakups.
Overall, Virginia Tech is clearly making Justus Reed a top priority as the Hokies look to bring in some grad transfer upgrades of their own as Coastal rivals Miami and Duke have already done so this offseason.