Virginia Tech brought in 9 players as part of their 2023 Transfer Portal Class. Many of those players have become fan-favorites after turning around Virginia Tech's 2023 season en route to a 7-6 record and a Military Bowl win over Tulane. Today, we'll take a look at every transfer's 2023 ranking before the season, re-grade them based on their statistics, and compare each Virginia Tech transfer to their counterparts in the portal.
The short version - the six players who played major minutes for us this season either matched or surpassed their initial rankings. Stone Synder, Clayton Frady, and Ali Jennings were not ranked because of limited or no playing time.
Given the NIL/transfer portal landscape, this staff has to pluck diamonds in the rough year after year from other programs to be competitive. Small sample size but I think this is compelling evidence that the current staff can out-evaluate the average P4 program.