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Virginia Tech is showing interest in a transfer from an ACC rival. That plus more on the Hokies making the cut for a talented TE from not far away and an update on another defensive line target in today's Virginia Tech football recruiting notes.
UNC DB Transfer Bryson Richardson
Virginia Tech has had lots of success with transfers on the field this season with Khalil Herbert emerging as a Heisman sleeper while Justus Reed and Brock Hoffman have done well in starting roles and multiple others have received significant playing time including Raheem Blackshear, Braxton Burmeister, and Devin Taylor.
Looking ahead, Tech already has some 2021 transfer targets including North Carolina defensive back Bryson Richardson.
Richardson told us that he has been hearing from the Hokies with On-Campus Director of Recruiting Alex White being a primary contact point for Richardson. Tech has not offered him yet, but he has received offers from multiple programs though none of those are Power 5 teams at the moment.
Richardson played in 11 games as a freshman at UNC in 2018 before a torn Achilles caused him to miss the 2019 season. He has three seasons of eligibility remaining and would definitely add some depth to the safety position for 2021 with the chance to compete for the free safety job if Divine Deablo chose to enter the NFL Draft.
Richardson could also work himself in at nickelback where he spent most of his time at North Carolina. He could backup Chamarri Conner who has only two years of eligibility remaining after this season lining up Richardson as a potential future starter in 2023 or even 2022 if Conner were to leave early.
3* TE Bryson Nesbit
Three-star TE Bryson Nesbit hasn't been a name on the radar much at all for Virginia Tech fans but that may be changing after Nesbit included the Hokies in his top 5.
The Hokies were joined in Nesbit's top 5 by in-state North Carolina, South Carolina, Ole Miss, and UCLA with being close to home appearing to be a preference but clearly not a must at all.
Tech has pulled off some recruiting surprises with players that they weren't known to have that good of chances with, but South Carolina appears to be the favorite especially with the 247 Sports Crystal Ball in his favor. However, the Hokies and UNC both look like contenders given the proximity to home that both schools offer being within about 3 hours of Charlotte.
Now Tech does have two tight ends committed in Jack Hollifield and Jared Gibble, but Nesbit is a very intriguing talent that Tech likely would take as a third guy to help reload their tight end room that has gotten lighter on numbers. However, this clearly will be an uphill recruiting battle for the Hokies.
3* DE Deonte Anderson
Virginia Tech has continued to recruit three-star DE Deonte Anderson from Florida though their interest does not appear to be as strong as previously.
Anderson told us that he is receiving "mild interest" from the Hokies currently with recruiting assistant Lino Lupinetti leading the charge. Anderson added that several other schools are still involved in his recruitment including multiple other Power 5 programs like South Carolina, Nebraska, Michigan State, Arizona State, and Mississippi State.
With numbers tight for the Hokies, it's not surprising that their interest has cooled especially with their need to land an interior defensive lineman or 2 from the HS ranks this cycle. Tech is still involved though but if I had to make a prediction today, I would likely lean slightly towards South Carolina in this very open recruitment.