Quarterback is almost certainly the top priority for Virginia Tech in the transfer portal this offseason with the Hokies being certain to take at least 1 if not 2 quarterbacks given that they currently have only 3 scholarship QBs for next season and no one that seems to be an ACC-caliber starter at least for the 2022 season.
While Tech appears to be showing interest in numerous QBs, one that we are sure of is South Carolina QB transfer Jason Brown.
Brown told us that he's had conversations with head coach Brent Pry, QBs coach/pass game coordinator Brad Glenn, and other Hokie coaches. He had this to say about how the conversations have been so far with Tech coaches.
"Just been some mutual interest. Good talks about everything. Hasn’t been an offer yet, just conversation," Brown said.
He added that he's also received interest from Nebraska, Temple, Georgia Southern, and Towson with no offers yet though that seems inevitable to change as the transfer portal continues to evolve.
After making the jump from FCS Saint Francis (PA) to South Carolina, Brown was solid for the Gamecocks with 721 passing yards, 8 touchdowns, 6 interceptions, and a 55.6% completion rate. He also helped lead the Gamecocks to wins over Florida and Auburn during the closing stretch where he got the reigns at QB helping South Carolina reach a bowl game in Shane Beamer's first season.
His time at multiple schools has given Brown a multiple offensive background that gives him great confidence he could fit in well to Tech's offensive scheme.
"I feel like I can fit into any type of scheme. I came from spread and went pro style at South Carolina. I’m good at adapting to what is asked of me and I love to compete so I’m going to make sure to give everything I have no matter the circumstances," Brown said.
That type of competitive mentality is exactly what Tech needs especially since it's very possible that Virginia Tech may try to bring in a couple QBs which should spark a competition but also reload a depleted QB room that needs players. His diverse background would also be beneficial especially as Tech's offense under reported offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen seems likely to be a blend of power football and pro-style strategies with some spread concepts.
With that in mind, Fredericksburg native Jason Brown said he isn't sure how close the Hokies are to offering him, but is hopeful that this time, he can come home and play for the school he's always wanted to on scholarship.
"Not sure honestly. Hoping it’s close. I’ve always wanted to play at VT. I got offered a PWO at LB coming out of high school. The first time I entered the portal, coach (Brad) Cornelsen didn’t want me so I’m hoping the 3rd time is the charm. I’d love to come home and be a Hokie."