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Virginia Tech adds depth at wideout with Kansas grad transfer Evan Fairs

virginia tech sportsVirginia Tech is addressing issues with depth in its receiving corps, adding Kansas grad transfer wideout Evan Fairs.

Fairs, a 6’3”, 205-pounder, had 24 catches as a sophomore in 2017, before suffering a knee injury in 2018 that forced him to redshirt.

The Fulshear, Texas, native played in two games in 2019.

The three-star 2016 recruit joins former Kansas teammate RB Khalil Herbert in Blacksburg.

The Hokies return two of their leading three pass-catchers from a year ago – rising junior Tre Turner (34 catches, 553 yards, 4 TDs) and rising sophomore Tayvion Robinson (31 catches, 404 yards, 1 TD).

Tech did lose Damon Hazelton (31 catches, 527 yards, 8 TDs) to transfer, with Hazelton ending up at Missouri.

Four-star freshman Jacoby Pinckney also transferred out after the season, ending up at Appalachian State

Wideouts Hezekiah Grimsley (10 catches, 170 yards, 2 TDs) and Phil Patterson (6 catches, 72 yards 1 TD) have entered their names into the NCAA transfer portal, but have not landed at their next spots.

Also expected to compete for time at receiver in 2020 are rising redshirt junior Kaleb Smith (9 catches, 121 yards, 1 TD) and 2019 four-star recruit Jaden Payoute.

Story by Chris Graham