With the first spring practice of the Brent Pry era over, there will be transfers starting to go out of Virginia Tech looking for new opportunities. That started today as RB Jordan Brunson and TE Jared Gibble have entered the transfer portal with Evan Watkins of 247 Sports first to report the news.
Virginia Tech running back Jordan Brunson has entered the transfer portal, sources have told @EvanGWatkins247 @247SportsPortal https://t.co/d4pf0koZXO— VTScoop247 (@VTScoop247) April 19, 2022
Thank you VT. DMs open to all coaches. 4 Yrs eligibility left. pic.twitter.com/woUmjBoBRj— jared gibble (@jaredgibble) April 19, 2022
Brunson made 2 appearances in 2020 before not appearing in a single game this past season while Gibble did not appear in a single game for the Hokies this past season. Both will have four years of eligibility remaining having redshirted this past season with Brunson having a free COVID year in 2020.
Brunson's departure doesn't come as a surprise as he was unable to gain traction during his time at Virginia Tech and already has guys of the same year or younger ahead of him on the depth chart including Chance Black and likely Bryce Duke. Brunson entering quickly gives him more time to find a landing spot whether that's at the Group of 5 or FCS level.
Gibble leaves after only one season at a time when Tech is bringing in a large freshman TE class with Gibble clearly not gaining any traction in Blacksburg. Like Brunson, his departure this early after spring practice should buy him more time to find a landing spot.
The transfers don't come as a surprise and are certain to be far from the only ones as the Hokies still need 3 more open scholarships to fit the current class of recruits and incoming transfers as Andy Bitter of The Athletic noted. That number is likely to go beyond that as it will at most schools across the country.