Virginia Tech added some competition for incumbent kicker Brian Johnson as Tulsa's John Parker Romo announced his decision to transfer to Virginia Tech.
Romo gives the Hokies some more competition at kicker though it's unknown whether he'll be immediately eligible or not given that this is his third collegiate stop in four years after starting out at Central Arkansas in 2016. Additionally, it's not known for sure if Romo is a walk-on though that is most likely the case given that he was a walk-on at Tulsa previously.
John Parker Romo was the primary kickoff specialist for Tulsa averaging 61.1 yards per kick with 28 touchbacks on 59 kickoffs. As a kicker, Romo was the backup for Tulsa going 2-5 on the field goals and 17-18 on extra points.
With Jordan Stout transferring to Penn State, the Hokies will be looking for a new kickoff specialist with Romo being a proven commodity that, on-paper, would be the favorite given his experience and leg strength should he be eligible this fall.
Romo should also provide some quality competition for Brian Johnson though Johnson should be considered the heavy favorite for that job given how both players performed last season. Regardless, the Hokies will have at least two known talents at kicker, something that will likely provide a little more ease for special teams coordinator James Shibest.
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