Sophomore cornerback Donaldven Manning has elected to transfer. His departure leaves Virginia Tech seriously thin at cornerback.
Boundary corner: Kyle Fuller (Sr.), Donovan Riley (So.)
Field corner: Kendall Fuller (Fr.), Brandon Facyson (Fr.)
Beyond those four players, the Hokies have only walkons at cornerback. Antone Exum (r-Sr.) is still injured, and it’s not clear when he’ll return. He went through light warmups with the team on Saturday, but right now he isn’t close to returning to a full practice schedule.
Manning came to Virginia Tech as a highly-touted cornerback recruit from Florida. He reportedly held offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska and many other major programs. He played as a true freshman last season, but struggled and nearly quit the team during the middle of the season.
With the emergence of Brandon Facyson and Kendall Fuller, both true freshmen, it was becoming clear that Manning’s opportunity to start in the future was greatly decreased. Unfortunately, he leaves Virginia Tech with a big depth problem in the secondary.