The Hokies could land one of the nations top under-used backs in Tavien Feaster from Clemson University as Foster is slated to pick between Virginia Tech and South Carolina in August.
Feaster was the top-ranked all-purpose in the 2016 class. The graduate transfer will be eligible immediately following his decision.
Feaster told Phil Kornblut of The State that he would decide between whether he would be a Gamecock or a Hokie come Week 1 in August.
Feaster took an unofficial visit to the Blacksburg campus and met with head coach Justine Fuente in May but has visited South Carolina’s campus a few times since he decided he wanted out of Clemson.
“I liked it. I liked the players,” Feaster said to Kornblut on his visit to Virginia Tech. “I got to hang out with the offensive linemen. And in the program they don’t have a feature running back, and running back is the only spot they are willing to take a grad transfer.”
Feaster is already one of the fastest players in college football and presents an immediate upgrade over running backs Dylan McClease and Jalen Houston.
During his time at Clemson, Feaster was used as a change-of-pace back in Dabo Sweeney’s offense and had to compete for touches against some elite running backs that have played in the NFL. During his Clemson career, Feaster finished with 1,330 yards and 16 total touchdowns over three seasons, appearing in 38 games.
After spring practice concluded in April, Feaster announced that he would enter the transfer portal.
“We appreciate Tavien for everything he brought to Clemson University and our program and we wish him nothing but the best moving forward,” Dabo Swinney said when Feaster announced that he would enter the portal.
Feaster believes that he could come into Tech’s or South Carolina’s offense and become the RB1 in both offenses in time for Week 1.
“I can carry a load for a team,” Feaster told Kornblut. “If I felt like I couldn’t carry the load, I wouldn’t have left Clemson. I feel like I’m the best in the country. I feel like given my opportunity, I will be the best in the country.”