Jackson headlines group of Hokies' transfers

BLACKSBURG, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson joined three other Hokies scholarship players on Wednesday, announcing their intentions to transfer out of the football program.

Jackson and running back Deshawn McClease are the latest Hokies to put their names into the NCAA transfer portal, along with receiver Eric Kumah and tight end Chris Cunningham, who announced their decisions on Tuesday.

Virginia Tech Coach Justin Fuente issued a statement Wednesday afternoon on Twitter after the transfer news had broke, saying his staff is "committed to developing a winning culture at Virginia Tech."

"I respect the fact that each individual's circumstances and situation are different," Fuente went on to say in the statement, "We will continue to support all our student-athletes and wish them best whether their future is at Virginia Tech or another institution."

Jackson will be immediately eligible as graduate transfer wherever he chooses to play next. He started every game at quarterback in 2017 and started the first three games of 2018 before breaking his leg against Old Dominion and missing the rest of the season.

Kumah finished second on the team with 42 catches for 549 yards and seven touchdowns. McClease rushed for 433 yards and two touchdowns after sitting out his first two seasons in Blacksburg.

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