Moments after his name cleared the NCAA Transfer Portal on Friday, Youngstown State defensive lineman Justus Reed was contacted by Virginia Tech, 247Sports has learned.

The Hokies were the first program to reach out to Reed.

He has been in contact with Justin Hamilton, Virginia Tech’s newly-promoted defensive coordinator.

“Might be a great fit for me,” Reed said about the Hokies.

He has also heard from Florida State, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Central Michigan, Tulane, James Madison, and others.

A junior out of Clearwater, FL, Reed began his collegiate career at Florida before transferring to Youngstown State.  In 2019, Reed led Youngstown State with 13.0 sacks.

Reed announced his decision to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal on Wednesday.

“First and foremost I’d like to thank Youngstown State University for opening their doors to me.  The time that I have spent here has been very special, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to come here.  I’d like to thank Coach Bo, Coach D’Alesio, COach Grossetti, Ethan Solger, and Steve Lapso for everything they have done for me.  I owe my success to you guys. I have made some great memories on and off the field and I’m so grateful for the relationships that have come with my time being here.  That being said, I have decided to enter the transfer portal in search of a new home as a graduate transfer for my last season of college football.”

His name officially hit the transfer portal earlier this afternoon.

Established in October of 2018, the NCAA’s transfer portal now allows collegiate student-athletes to enter their name into an online database to notify other college coaches that they are eligible to be contacted.

Though a player enters their name in the NCAA Transfer Portal, it is not a certainty that they will end up suiting up for another team next year. Players are able to withdraw their name at any point in time.


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