The Virginia Tech Hokies officially announced transfer linebacker C.J. McCray on Wednesday as a part of the 2021 football team.
McCray transferred to Virginia Tech in March after spending his freshman season at Marshall. He did not play in 2020. He left Marshall after the coaching change that saw his former defensive coordinator, J.C. Price, return to Blacksburg as VT’s new co-defensive line coach.
After redshirting in 2020, McCray has four years of eligibility remaining.
A 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker, McCray has a chance to make an impact this fall. While the Hokies are set with their starters, there are openings in the two-deep. The athletic McCray could also make his impact on special teams as so many young Hokies have in the past.
McCray is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Here is the official release from hokiesports.com:
Virginia Tech football head coach Justin Fuente has officially added transfer LB C.J. McCray to the 2021 roster.
McCray joins the Hokies after originally signing with Marshall for the 2020 season, but did not play last year for the Thundering Herd. The Charlotte native starred at Lumberton High as a three-sport athlete, lettering in football and basketball, as well as track and field. He worked as a linebacker, tight end and wide receiver during his time at Lumberton before concluding his prep career at Mallard Creek High School.
McCray is the nephew of Franklin Stubbs, who is a member of the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. Following his career with the Hokies, Stubbs was a first-round pick in the 1982 Major League Baseball Draft for the Los Angeles Dodgers and won a World Series as part of the 1988 Dodgers team during a decade-long pro career.
McCray will wear No. 57 for the Hokies this fall.