Hokies Offensive Lineman Johnny Dickson Will Enter The Transfer Portal

Johnny Dickson will have three years of eligibility left at his next school. (Jon Fleming)

A fifth Hokies player plans to enter the portal, with offensive lineman Johnny Dickson announcing Wednesday his intentions to transfer.

Dickson, a redshirt freshman, played in nine games in 2023, all in limited time as a reserve. He plans to stay with the team through the bowl game. 

A 6-foot-3, 291-pound interior lineman, Dickson signed with Tech in the 2022 class out of Corpus Christi, Texas. He’ll have three years of eligibility remaining.

He joins receiver Da’Wain Lofton and cornerback Derrick Canteen as players who plan to transfer but will still play in the Military Bowl. Running back Bryce Duke and tight end Dae’Quan Wright are also in the portal, although it’s unclear if they’ll play in the bowl.

For a full breakdown of the Hokies’ ins and outs this offseason, click here.

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  1. Don’t understand these players sticking through the bowl game. No need to prep when you’re leaving. Allows more reps to others. Not sure if this is the standard approach?

    1. My guess is that if it’s a player who’s in good standing with the coach. He’s done what he’s been asked to do. Hasn’t been a problem, etc. etc., then if that player is hitting the portal, Pry gives them their choice. Do you want to stay with us through the bowl or not?

      1. I mean I guess it’s a free trip but is it worth the potential injury in practice or during the game? Imo if I were in the portal it’s not worth the bowl game trip even if it’s to Hawaii

    2. I’ve stated before that I think that transfers opting to play the bowl game speaks highly of themselves as teammates, but also of the coaching staff’s recognition of the player’s contribution during their time at Tech…even in scrimmages. I applaud their respective decisions.

      A bit more selfish thought is maybe Pry just wants all the horses he can have to win the bowl! 🙂

      1. That’s one way to look at it. Another is it is a good chance to show off their skills on a bigger stage , thus more opportunities. Glass half full.

    3. I don’t understand not understanding players sticking through the bowl. Players aren’t necessarily mad at VT or the staff. And they still like to play football. They’re just going in a different direction for themselves personally in 2024.

      If they want to play and all parties are on good terms and nobody is being hurt by them playing, I’m all for it. I just wish they’d done this when Burmeister wanted to play vs UMd.

  2. I read many of these transfers and think about Pry’s comments about the recruiting area being six hours away.

    We’ve seen three of the four players that are / could be meaningful contributors are from distant places (Two in Texas and one in South Georgia). There’s so much friction that comes the further away someone is.

  3. I hate to see any kid leave the program but I understand. What I REALLY appreciate is these kids are staying through the bowl game which speaks to their character I believe. Good luck where ever you end up .

  4. This is the double edged sword of focusing on bringing in portal OLinemen. I hate to see Dickson leave. With his size and another year in the system, I hoped his playing time would increase to become a starter. That said, I’m sure the prospect of fighting for that playing time with third and fourth year players transferring in makes it hard for an underclassman to see that path forward. Best of luck to him and thanks for the two years of contributing to the team’s growth.

  5. You are a class act Johnny Dickson and a Hokie Forever! God Bless you and best wishes always.
    See you in Annapolis!

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