Devin Wilson to play basketball and football for Virginia Tech

Devin Wilson will play basketball and football in 2017 for Virginia Tech. (Photo: Virginia Tech Athletics)
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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Devin Wilson will return to the Virginia Tech basketball team but now he'll also suit up for the Tech football squad.

He has been officially rewarded with a roster spot by Coach Justin Fuente, after taking part in spring practice as a wide receiver.

Wilson was a three-star football recruit out of high school in Pittsburgh at the receiver position, who turned down an offer to play football at NC State.

Here is the news release from Virginia Tech:

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) played in 49 games at Montour High School in McKees Rocks, Pa., 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.