Virginia Tech WR Eric Kumah (Photo courtesy of VT Athletics)
ODU Football gets a big boost with the addition of Eric Kumah
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
On Sunday, Eric Kumah committed to Old Dominion.
He announced an impending transfer from Virginia Tech after the departure of wide receivers coach Holmon Wiggins, who has joined Nick Saban’s coaching staff at Alabama.
Kumah was Virginia Tech’s leading receiver in the red zone in 2018, with five catches inside the opponent’s 20-yard line for 35 yards and three touchdowns. He was the second leading receiver overall, snagging 42 catches for 559 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games.
On January 23, Kumah entered the transfer portal, a new NCAA-approved function that allows players an official and quick option for testing the market for a move during their college career with fewer restrictions on their options.
“I want to thank Coach [Bud] Foster for giving me the opportunity to attend this prestigious University. I would also like to thank coach [Holmon] Wiggins for believing in me for the last 3 years, for that I will be forever be thankful,” Kumah said, in a tweet on January 22. “After talking it over with my family and being informed that my position coach (Coach Wiggins) has accepted a position elsewhere, I’ve decided that it’s best for me to enter my name into the transfer portal.”
Hokie tight end Chris Cunningham, of Duval, Fla., has also entered the transfer portal and he has visited Old Dominion. On Monday, Kumah was enticing Cunningham to join him at Old Dominion.
— ⚡️EK3⚡️ (@Eric_Kumah11) April 8, 2019
Virginia Tech may find themselves in a budding rivalry with their in-state little brother. The Monarchs football program is only ten years removed from a revival after the program was dormant for decades. Their home field is undergoing a renovation that is due to be completed before the season kicks off, and the Monarchs travel to Blacksburg this September to face the Hokies.
One of Bobby Wilder’s signature wins is a 2018 victory at S.B. Ballard Stadium over Coach Justin Fuente and the Hokies.
Kumah (6-2 225) played his high school ball at Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, Va. He comes into the Old Dominion Football program with one year of college eligibility remaining and will have to sit out the 2019 season unless he obtains a waiver from the NCAA.
– Andy Hilton