Virginia Tech received some surprising news today as reports emerged that incumbent starting cornerback Bryce Watts had entered his name into the transfer portal.
According to a report from Andy Bitter of The Athletic, there's a belief that Watts' decision is largely due to wanting to be closer to home with the birth of his first child coming soon. Watts was committed to in-state Rutgers for much of his recruitment before flipping to Virginia Tech weeks before Signing Day so it wouldn't be surprising to see Rutgers be a major factor once again.
Bryce Watts had an up-and-down first year as a starter for the Hokies with 24 tackles, 1 interception,and 6 pass breakups in 12 games. There were encouraging signs about Watts' development as the New Jersey native showed steady improvement throughout the season and was a favorite on-paper to retain his starting cornerback job this upcoming season.
Watts' departure creates a true opening for at least one starting cornerback job though both jobs appeared open for the taking after Watts and fellow starter Caleb Farley both were inconsistent last season. Jeremy Webb is definitely going to be a name to watch as long as he is 100% healthy as he currently anticipates while senior Jovonn Quillen and sophomore Jermaine Waller also are likely to be major factors in this competition.
Watts' surprise departure gives the Hokies an unexpected scholarship which could be beneficial in their pursuit of Clemson grad transfer RB Tavien Feaster, who is slated to take an official visit this weekend according to 247 Sports
, along with opening the door likely for VT to add an additional grad transfer and have an extra spot in their 2020 recruiting class.
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