Virginia Tech Adds Linebacker Help With Commitment From Middle Tennessee’s Sam Brumfield

Sam Brumfield was a second-team All-Conference USA pick for the Blue Raiders in 2023. (Middle Tennessee Athletics)

Sam Brumfield
Transfer Portal, Middle Tennessee
5-11, 226
Pearl, MS

Virginia Tech took a step toward fixing its mike linebacker issues by gaining a commitment from Middle Tennessee transfer Sam Brumfield on Monday.

The 5-foot-11, 226-pounder from Pearl, Mississippi, announced his commitment on social media. He was Tech’s third transfer commitment of the day, joining defensive tackles Aeneas Peebles out of Duke and Kemari Copeland from Iowa Western Community College.

Brumfield, who has one year of eligibility left, started 10 of 12 games last year for the Blue Raiders, finishing with 81 tackles, 6.5 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks along with two forced fumbles and a team-best eight hurries. He earned second-team All-Conference USA honors for his efforts. Pro Football Focus gave him a 73.0 grade for the season. 

Before attending Middle Tennessee, Brumfield spent two years at Northwest Mississippi Community College. He was recruited out of high school by Hokies defensive coordinator Chris Marve, who was an assistant with Mississippi State in 2019. 

His addition comes at a position of need. The Hokies never truly settled their mike linebacker situation last season, struggling to find a capable full-time replacement for Dax Hollifield.

Alan Tisdale, who’d worked at will linebacker most of his career, got the lion’s share of snaps at the spot, finishing with 68 tackles that were second on the team, though his 50.2 grade on PFF was the lowest of all of Tech’s defensive starters.

Jayden McDonald (28 tackles, 67.5 grade in 277 snaps) played better down the stretch. Jaden Keller, who began the year as the top option but didn’t hold the spot, starting two games and finishing with 22 tackles and a 53.4 grade, remains an option too.

Keller, McDonald and Keli Lawson all have experience playing will linebacker too.

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  1. Our staff has been killing it on the recruiting trail! Well-deserved kudos for them. And about a shout-out for some unsung heroes: the airframe & powerplant technicians that maintain the VT jet Pry & Co are buzzing around the country in. We need that aircraft to be purring like a kitten!

  2. Great pick-up! This kid’s build and highlights remind me of Andrew Motuapuaka, or as some called him “MotuaPOWaka” for his BA monster hits. Hope Sam can have the same effect as Andrew! Way to go HCBP and DCCM.

  3. I like one year players that become all acc award winners. have we ever had a transfer player that already was an all conference DT?

    need a bowl win and a nice offseason. get ready, Coach Pry comin (or coach pry”me”?)

  4. Brent Pry and staff sure have the secret sauce when it comes to landing portal targets. What a fantastic news day!

    1. Everyone agrees with that, but it fixes the immediate hole. Try again next year to get ahead of the power curve.

      1. Yep this staff is taking a loaf and feeding hundreds!

        Time and relentless pursuit of their goals.

      2. Yeah. Plus we do have underclassmen that should theoretically be developing soon. Hopefully next years needs aren’t quite as dire and this years needs.

    2. I’m thinking one year players are fine but only if we have our own recruits ready to step up once they’re gone.

    3. Me neither……but this is now part of how you build a team.

      Look at all the QB’s going to schools with only 1 year of eligibility left, and schools like ND paying them 2mil to come there for 1 year.

      It’s a different world than where you come from!

    4. Better a stop-gap than a mis-fit, though. And there didn’t seem to be a mike in the bunch that was coming back.

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