Beamerball.com reported today that rising junior defensive end Jake Johnson
and rising redshirt junior wide receiver Patrick Terry will transfer out of
Virginia Tech. Both players indicate they’ll look at FCS (Division 1-AA) teams,
but neither player is sure yet of their exact plans.
Terry, a 2007 recruit from Halifax County High School in South Boston,
Virginia was never able to crack the two-deep and get playing time in a roster
packed with talented wide receivers. His best chance came after his redshirt
freshman season (2007), when multiple receivers finished their eligibility, but
Terry was passed by other young receivers such as Dyrell Roberts, Jarrett Boykin
and Danny Coale.
Terry played in just four games in his career, all of them in 2009, and never
caught a pass. He played just 23 plays last season.
a 2008 recruit, caused a stir during his recruitment when this
photo of him appeared in the now-defunct magazine Virginia Sports Report.
Johnson was the 18th-ranked player in the state of Virginia by TechSideline.com
Johnson played mostly on special teams as a true freshman in 2008, picking up
one tackle in 11 games. He won the starting backer job for the 2009 season and
started the first eight games. Johnson showed promise against Alabama in the
season opener, leading the Hokies with 13 tackles, but his performance tailed
off throughout September and October.
Johnson eventually lost his starting job to Lyndell Gibson, and his playing
time dwindled. He was moved to defensive end before spring practice and spent
the spring practicing at that position, but he said he prefers linebacker, and
his "heart wasn’t in it."