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Virginia Tech Hosting UCLA Transfer QB Collin Schlee Per Reports

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According to multiple reports including Kolby Crawford of 247 Sports’ VT Scoop and then 246 Sports national reporter Matt Zenitz, Virginia Tech is set to host UCLA transfer QB Collin Schlee on a visit this weekend.

Schlee spent the first four seasons of his collegiate career at Kent State, including the final season as a starter, prior to transferring to UCLA last year where he appeared in seven games amidst an ongoing QB battle with Ethan Garbers and Dante Moore.

Schlee was productive in 2022 as Kent State’s starter throwing for 2,109 yards, 13 touchdowns, and only five interceptions while completing 59.5% of his passes. He also ran for 489 yards and five touchdowns, averaging 5.0 yards per carry.

In his one season at UCLA, Schlee threw for 217 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions while running for 425 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 10.1 yards per carry in the process.

There’s no doubt that Schlee fits the dual-threat mold that the Hokies would certainly want in a backup QB. He also some quality experience from his time as a full-year starter at Kent State in 2022 and in his part-time reps at UCLA this past season.

That combination is exactly what the Hokies would love to add to their QB depth chart and would make him a good portal victory should VT gain his commitment.

Landing Schlee would be a very solid addition and would ease the worries of having to turn to a redshirt freshman in Pop Watson if Drones got hurt. It would also give Watson a chance to grow into the role if he’s ready similar to MJ Morris surpassing Jack Chambers when Devin Leary got hurt at NC State back in 2022.

Now he does only have one year of eligibility remaining so you would think he’d be looking for a place where he could at least compete for a starting job. However, that appears to not necessarily be the case given that he’s visiting Blacksburg after taking a trip to Kentucky according to Zenitz’ report.

Schlee is also a Maryland native which could help the Hokies given the proximity to home they can offer for his final season.

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