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Virginia Tech football: Former Oklahoma DL Kelvin Gilliam transfers to Hokies

Tech continues to beef up the 2024 defensive line.

NCAA Football: Southern Methodist at Oklahoma Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Tech Hokies struck again in the NCAA transfer portal Thursday when former Oklahoma DL Kelvin Gilliam announced he was coming home.

Gilliam is a 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle and is the third interior defensive lineman to commit to the Hokies since the portal opened earlier this month, joining Aeneas Peebles (Duke) and Kemari Copeland (Iowa Western CC). With the Hokies set to lose three of their top four defensive tackles, the additions were necessary for 2024.

Gilliam played high school football at Highland Springs and spent the past three seasons at Oklahoma. The former four-star recruit had the Hokies as a finalist coming out of high school but ultimately chose the Sooners. In three seasons in Norman, Gilliam appeared in 16 games, making 10 tackles. He dealt with an injury that cost him several games last season.

Gilliam is the latest former Highland Springs star to sign with VT, joining wide receiver Ali Jennings, freshman cornerback Braylon Johnson and freshman wide receiver Takye Heath.

He will join Peebles, Copeland and Josh Fuga as Tech’s top four defensive tackles in 2024.

Gilliam has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Welcome home, Kelvin.