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Virginia Tech football: Freshman defensive end enters NCAA transfer portal

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I really liked Justin Beadles as a prospect.

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Virginia Tech freshman defensive end Justin Beadles entered the NCAA transfer portal on Friday. Beadles confirmed the news on his Twitter account.

I would like to thank God, Coach Fuente, Coach Hamilton as well as Coach Tapp and the rest of the Virginia Tech coaching staff for giving me the opportunity to help further my athletic as well as my educational career. However, after talking to my family and giving it much consideration and prayer, I have decided to enter the transfer portal. Hokie Nation I love you and I am forever thankful.

Beadles, a 6-foot-5, 232-pound freshman out of Sandy Creek High in Tyrone, Georgia, has four years of eligibility remaining at his next stop.

Beadles is the second member of Virginia Tech’s 2020 recruiting class to announce his transfer. Tyree Saunders entered the transfer portal earlier, and he chose East Carolina as his next destination on Friday.

Beadles entering the portal is a surprise to some. Coaches have spoken highly of Beadles and his ability and work ethic. He appeared to be the prototype for future Virginia Tech defensive ends under defensive coordinator Justin Hamilton. Beadles is tall and athletic, with long arms and wide shoulders.

Beadles was close with Darryl Tapp, who helped recruit him to Blacksburg. Tapp left Virginia Tech after just one season for a coaching opportunity with the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers.

I was disappointed with this news. I really like Beadles. I believe he has a chance to become a good college player in time.

We wish Justin Beadles the best at his next destination.