Late edition transfer ready to make impact
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS)-- After the conclusion of spring ball, Virginia head football coach Tony Elliott kicked his recruiting into high gear and added some much needed reinforcements to the offensive line and secondary, picking up four more transfers.
Elliott nabbed another Clemson Tiger out of the transfer portal with cornerback with Malcolm Greene. Greene joins his younger brother, incoming defensive lineman Miles, as well as his former Clemson roommate, Kobe Pace. During his three seasons with the Tigers, Malcolm Greene amassed 40 tackles, 4.5 for loss, four pass breakups and two interceptions. Greene is no stranger to Virginia, as he was a four-star recruit coming out of Highland Spring High School. Over the course of his high school career, Greene helped lead Highland Springs to back-to-back 5A state championships.
"Being able to get my feet on the ground, get my feet wet, and come in and get a great grasp of the team, the coaches, and the foundation of the program and the frameworks and how it works," said Greene. "It's definitely a weird adjustment, but I feel like Coach Elliott does a great job and makes sure that the staff and the players always understand that the standard is the best. Not the best, but your best."
Greene isn't the only one of the new transfers with family ties to Virginia. Senior offensive lineman Jimmy Christ will follow in his brother Tommy's footsteps as he made the decision to transfer to Virginia. Tommy Christ played four seasons with the Cavaliers and now Jimmy will have three years of eligibility remaining. The 6'7" offensive tackle spent three years at Penn State and played in ten games last season as a reserve offensive lineman. Christ only played in one game his first two seasons for the Nittany Lions.
Joining Christ on the offensive line is Dayton transfer Brian Stevens. The 6'2", 290-pound guard has spent the past four years in Ohio, appearing in 20 games with 19 starts. Stevens has experience in both the guard and tackle positions and will have two years of eligibility remaining. Both Christ and Stevens come as welcomed additions as the offensive line has to replace four linemen.
"I think the toughest thing was, I was away from football for that whole spring so I was away from the team," said Stevens, "I was on my own lifting and having to stay committed. I think that was kind of the hardest part."
Lastly, Sam Westfall joins Greene in the cornerback room after transferring from SMU. Over the course of his time with the Pony Express, Westfall appeared in 27 games. This past season, Westfall recorded 15 tackles and three passes defended.
"You know this is a sprint because you're coming in just having to get settled in really fast and just like kind of one last stretch now going into fall camp," said Westfall, "But it's not anything new to me because I've been in college football for a while now so I feel comfortable."