Wilson to play football for Virginia Tech in 2016


Virginia Tech Athletics confirmed Thursday that student-athlete Devin Wilson intends to compete for both the football and men’s basketball squads during the 2016-17 academic year.

Per NCAA rules, the appropriate paperwork is being processed to transfer Wilson’s financial aid agreement from the basketball squad to football.

“Devin is a terrific athlete who really wants to compete for both programs,” head football coach Justin Fuente said. “Coach Williams and I both believe that Devin can balance his academic workload with the demands of both sports. We’re anxious to see Devin continue to develop his skills at receiver and are hopeful that he can help us this season before returning to the basketball court upon the completion of our season.”

Wilson (6-4, 190 lbs) played in 49 games at Montour High School in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, catching 230 career passes for 3,200 yards and 41 touchdowns. He also ran for five scores as a senior and registered six interceptions on defense during his career.

Over the past three seasons as a member of the Hokies’ basketball squad, he has seen duty in 96 games (67 starts), averaging 5.9 points, 3.7 assists and 2.6 rebounds per game. In total, he has scored 565 points in 2,758 minutes of action and ranks eighth in program history with 358 career assists.

A four-year prep letterwinner, Wilson guided his basketball squad to two state championships while being named the state’s player of the year by both the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune Review. His brother, Christian, played football at North Carolina.