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Hokies cornerback James Farrow on the verge of transferring

It appears Virginia Tech cornerback James Farrow has decided to transfer, but he has yet to tell the Hokies’ coaching staff, and the team announced it hasn’t granted Farrow a release from his scholarship.

After a report indicated Farrow had been granted a release from Virginia Tech and would be looking to transfer, the Chanhassen, Minn., native tweeted this afternoon that he was “about to make a life-changing decision.” Farrow soon followed with another tweet 15 minutes later that read, “It’s done.” His teammate, safety Antone Exum, then confirmed the news on his own Twitter feed.

But in response to the original report, a Virginia Tech spokesman said Farrow “has not been granted a release.” When Farrow’s position coach and recruiter, Torrian Gray, was contacted Tuesday afternoon, he said Farrow had not approached him about transferring yet.

“He hadn’t mentioned it to me,” Gray said. “Maybe he’s trying to get some ducks in a row. I don’t know where this is all coming from, to be honest with you.”

Gray added that Farrow is slated to be one of the team’s backup cornerbacks behind junior Kyle Fuller and redshirt sophomore Detrick Bonner when spring practice begins next month. Farrow was considered the No. 2 player from the state of Minnesota by coming out of high school last year, but took a redshirt during his first season in Blacksburg.

If Farrow is indeed planning to transfer and gets his release from Virginia Tech, it could put a wrench in the team’s plans of moving cornerback Kyshoen Jarrett to free safety this spring in hopes of filling the void left by Eddie Whitley. Other than Jarrett, the Hokies’ only scholarship cornerbacks aside from Fuller and Bonner would all be true freshmen.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.

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