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Virginia Tech football: Hokies land OL Montavious Cunningham from the transfer portal

A big get for the Hokies on Thursday.

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Several Virginia Tech players have entered the NCAA transfer portal since it opened earlier this month. Outside of tight end Dae’Quan Wright, most of those who entered were backups or players looking for more opportunities. We haven’t yet seen someone coming to Blacksburg from the transfer portal.

That changed Thursday, as offensive lineman Montavious Cunningham announced his commitment to the Hokies.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pound Cunningham comes to Blacksburg from Georgia State and picked the Hokies over Texas Tech. Cunningham spent three seasons at Georgia State, redshirting in 2021 before becoming a starter in 2022.

Cunningham appeared in eight games in 2022, starting four. In 2023, he was a full-time starter at right tackle and allowed just two sacks on the season. He participated in over 700 snaps in 2023.

Cunningham is from Athens, Ga., where he played high school football at Clarke Central.

Ron Crook will enter his second season as Virginia Tech’s offensive line coach in 2024 and has been busy scheduling visits and sending out offers to multiple offensive linemen in the transfer portal. While the Hokies like several of their young offensive linemen, they need to improve in 2024. Each of Tech’s top 7-8 offensive linemen from 2023 return in 2024.

It’s uncertain if Cunningham will play guard for the Hokies or remain at right tackle. Regardless, he will start for Virginia Tech. Parker Clements started at right tackle for the Hokies in 2023 and struggled at times.

Don’t be surprised if Tech adds at least one more, perhaps two more, newcomers to the offensive line from the transfer portal. That would lead to some shuffling from the current group.