Virginia Tech tight end Dalton Keene has announced that he is declaring for the NFL Draft.
A true junior, Keene is from Littleton, Colorado. He started 38 of 39 career games and caught 59 career passes for 748 yards and eight touchdowns.
Keene made the announcement after midnight Friday night in this tweet, writing:
Keene was a productive receiver and blocker at Virginia Tech, and in the 2019 season, he also had 11 rushes for 33 yards.
Keene’s father, Wesley, was a college roommate with former Virginia Tech defensive line coach and Keene’s co-primary recruiter, Charley Wiles (who was hired this past week by North Carolina State, along with former VT cornerbacks coach Brian Mitchell).
The departure of Dalton Keene leaves three scholarship tight ends on the Virginia Tech roster (eligibility refers to the 2020 season): junior James Mitchell (21 career catches, 361 yards, 2 TDs), sophomore Nick Gallo (11 career games played, one start, no catches), and redshirt junior Drake DeIuliis (17 career games, no catches). The Hokies have also signed one tight end in the recruiting 2020 class so far, Wilfried Pene.