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Virginia Tech football: Freshman tight end confirms move to defensive end

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Wilfried Pene spent the 2020 season at tight end.

NCAA Football: Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

One of Virginia Tech’s signees in the 2020 recruiting class is moving to the defensive side of the ball.

Wilfried Pene, a three-star tight end from St. Thomas More Prep in Oakdale, Connecticut, redshirted in 2020. At 6-foot-3, 257 pounds, Pene has the ideal size to play defensive end in Justin Hamilton’s defense.

He announced the move on his Instagram page, per 247Sports.

“It’s official, 2021 I will play defensive end,” Pene said.

The Hokies signed three defensive ends in the 2020 class and all are now elsewhere. First, Justin Beadles entered the transfer portal and landed at Houston. Just last week, Tech’s top signees from the class, Robert Wooten and Alec Bryant, both entered the transfer portal.

That left Tech perilously thin at defensive end and it’s a little late to find an impact player in the transfer portal. So, the coaching staff moved Pene to defensive end.

The Hokies will have a pair of promising first-year defensive ends in fall camp, but it’s difficult to count on them making an impact as true freshmen. The coaches had been looking at trying Pene on defense for a while. He has good size and quickness, so this could be a good move.

Fall camp is set to begin in a matter of weeks.