The Virginia Tech Hokies added their second player from the NCAA transfer portal on Monday when All-ACC defensive tackle Aeneas Peebles announced he was coming to Blacksburg.
The 6-foot-1, 286-pound Peebles spent his first four years at Duke and played high school football at Knightdale High in Knightdale, N.C. Peebles entered the transfer portal after head coach Mike Elko left Duke to take over as coach at Texas A&M.
Peebles was one of Virginia Tech’s top priorities in the portal, and he had previously named Louisville, SMU, Colorado, Missouri, and the Hokies among his top five. After seeing Antwaun Powell-Ryland’s success last season after transferring from Florida, perhaps Peebles believes the Hokies can help him similarly.
In 2023, Peebles started all 12 games for the Blue Devils, recording 40 tackles, including 8.5 for loss and four sacks. He was named to third-team All-ACC after the season.
For his college career, Peebles has appeared in 38 games and recorded 84 tackles, including 13.5 for loss and 6.5 sacks.
The defensive tackle position, along with the offensive line, are Tech’s top priorities in the transfer portal. Offensive lineman Montavious Cunningham announced his transfer to Virginia Tech last week.
The Hokies lose defensive tackles Norell Pollard and Mario Kendricks in 2024, but Josh Fuga has announced his return. Peebles is a big win for the Hokies, and he should be an immediate starter in 2024.