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Virginia Tech Football: 5 Newcomers to Watch for the Hokies

Grant Wells, Marshall Thundering Herd

After starting the past two seasons at Marshall, Grant Wells has transferred to Virginia Tech and could give the Hokies' offense a jolt

It's always difficult for a new college football head coach to finish off the current recruiting cycle in fine fashion. Especially now with the early signing period, there just isn’t a lot of time to develop relationships with both the committed prospects and those that have yet to decide.

So kudos to Brent Pry for the job he did in short order. Virginia Tech's 34th-ranked class, according to the 247Sports Composite, doesn’t seem like much, but it's the Hokies’ best finish in three years and considering the uncertainty surrounding Justin Fuente for pretty much the entire season, this class was as good as could be expected. Furthermore, 11 of the new players are already on campus and Pry also added four transfers that can help the team in 2022.

This is a peak at five new Hokies that could make an impact in 2022.

Jadan Blue, WR

In 2017, Blue was a 2-star prospect out of Baltimore that signed with Temple. After four years in Philly, Blue is heading to Blacksburg for his final season. While his production diminished his final two years with the Owls, his 95-catch, 1,067-yard 2019 shows his upside. With Tre Turner and Tayvion Robinson no longer a part of the program, Blue will be asked to produce immediately.

Gunner Givens, DL

Givens is the highest-ranked 2022 Hokie recruit, charting at No. 221 on the 247 Sports Composite Index. A two-way lineman in high school, Virginia Tech has him slated to play the defensive line and given his current size (6-5, 270), that probably means on the interior. The Daleville, Virginia, product had a national offer list that included the likes of Penn State, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, and Notre Dame.

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Benji Gosnell, TE

Not only did Virginia Tech land one Gosnell, they got two. Benji's brother Stephen, who caught two passes for North Carolina this past season, is transferring in to be a Hokie. Benji is a 4-star tight end that also played quarterback and defensive end in high school. Gosnell originally committed to Ohio State and also considered North Carolina.

Cam Johnson, CB

It’s doubtful that any one person will be able to replace cornerback Jermaine Waller. Johnson is one of the players that will try to help fill that void. The Baltimore native will have to add some size (currently listed at 6-0, 165) and strength, but he has the speed and fluidity to be a dynamite cover corner. Other programs that offered Johnson a scholarship included Boston College, Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee, and Texas A&M.

Grant Wells, QB

With Braxton Burmeister now at San Diego State and holdovers Connor Blumrick and Tahj Bullock having thrown a combined 36 passes in their careers, Wells will easily be the most experienced player in the quarterback room. For the past two seasons, Wells was the starting quarterback at Marshall, where he completed 64 percent of his passes for 5,626 yards and 34 touchdowns. He is not the only player at that position to enter Virginia Tech as a transfer as Jason Brown comes in from South Carolina.

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Written by Jon Kinne, who has been part of the Athlon Contributor Network for three years, covering the ACC and Notre Dame. Follow him on Twitter @JonRKinne.