The season is barely over, and the NCAA transfer portal hasn’t even opened, but the defections have begun.
On Tuesday, Evan Watkins of 247Sports reported that Virginia Tech sophomore tight end Dae’Quan Wright will enter the NCAA transfer portal when it opens on Dec. 4.
The 6-foot-4, 249-pound Wright is a former four-star recruit in the 2022 class from Perry High School in Perry, Georgia. In two seasons at Virginia Tech, Wright caught 47 passes for 574 yards. This season, Wright caught 28 passes for 366 yards and played in every game. He was Virginia Tech’s starting tight end once Nick Gallo was lost for the season before the first game.
The Hokies will miss Wright. His size and speed make him a matchup problem for opposing teams. Virginia Tech’s lack of depth at tight end could lead the Hokies to look to the transfer portal to replace Wright. Tech does have Benji Gosnell, another former four-star recruit from the 2022 class, who shined in limited opportunities this season.
The Hokies also have Zeke Wimbush and Harrison Saint Germain. While the Hokies could look to add a veteran tight end, expect Gosnell to be the starter in 2024.
The transfer portal gets wilder every year, but Brian Dohn of 247Sports had the most reasonable take on the flurry of activity that will take place.
I’ve said this each of the last few years and I shall do so again … there are a lot of players heading into the portal who have no idea they’ve suited up for a football game for the last time.— BrianDohn247 (@BrianDohn247) November 29, 2023
This is something for every player to consider that enters the transfer portal.