A few weeks ago it was revealed that freshman defensive back D.J. Crossen had been suspended since September for an unspecified violation of university policy. The school released a statement regarding Crossen, via Mike Niziolek of The Roanoke Times.
“D.J. Crossen has been suspended since September 2018. He is subject to the policies set forth in the Virginia Tech Code of Student Conduct.”
Just over a week later, it was revealed why Crossen was suspended. He was charged with making a video of an unclothed woman without her consent. Crossen was suspended from competing in games in the fall, however, was allowed to practice. Once the calendar turned to 2019, Crossen was suspended by the university, which meant he could not attend class or participate in any school activities.
With his case currently in the hands of the Montgomery County Court, he will remain suspended. So, it was no surprise when, on Thursday, it was revealed Crossen had entered the transfer portal. A change is probably needed for all parties here and even if Crossen is cleared of the charge, a fresh start is probably in his best interest.
The news, of course, will be another Hokie looking to exit the program. Obviously, this one is a bit different. The vibe around the program has improved since the team reported in January. Two players who had previously entered the portal, running back Deshawn McClease and quarterback Hendon Hooker, both decided it was in their best interests to remain at Virginia Tech. Hooker is Crossen’s former high school teammate.
Crossen was a three-star recruit who enrolled last January and showed promise throughout the offseason and played in two games before his suspension.
As Crossen’s time at Virginia Tech appears to be over, we here at Gobbler Country wish him the best of luck in his future.