Virginia Tech WR Hezekiah Grimsley has entered the transfer portal as first reported by Evan Watkins of 247 Sports and confirmed by Norm Wood of The Daily Press, and as Grimsley has now announced.
Hokies WR/Returner enters the transfer portal https://t.co/b5ojNvZQWQ— EvanGWatkins247 (@EvanGWatkins247) January 22, 2020
#Hokies athletic department spokesperson confirms WR Hezekiah Grimsley, a Lafayette High alum, has also entered the NCAA transfer portal.— Norm Wood (@normwood) January 22, 2020
In other news, Tech opened winter conditioning drills today.
It’s been real 🙏🏾 Much love Virginia Tech ✊🏾❤️ pic.twitter.com/BDKB3kldcm— Z 🎒 (@Honcho_Hez) January 22, 2020
Grimsley played in 35 games, starting 6, during his three seasons in Blacksburg. His best season came in 2018 as he had 31 receptions for 382 yards and a touchdown plus 75 rushing yards and 12 carries. Grimsley had seen his production go down this past season with only 10 receptions for 170 yards and 2 touchdowns as freshman Tayvion Robinson passed him on the depth chart in the slot and Virginia Tech used their tight ends more in the passing game.
He also returned 12 punts for 57 yards this past season, and could see his next school add him for his punt return ability in addition to his offensive productivity.
Grimsley will have one year remaining and likely will be a grad transfer who should command plenty of interest, especially from some Power 5 and just about any higher Group of 5 program looking for a proven slot receiver. It is also possible that Grimsley could transfer to a program closer to home in the 757 whether that's at Old Dominion or William & Mary in his hometown of Williamsburg, VA, in part because of the fact that his mother has been dealing with health issues fairly recently.
Rumors had been growing that Grimsley may end up transferring with declining playing time likely a major factor, especially for a player entering his final season looking for lots of playing time as he pursues a professional future in football.
We will have more as this story develops.