Virginia Tech sophomore receiver Jaden Payoute introduced he’s taking a medical disqualification, ending his soccer profession after years of battling foot and hamstring points.
Payoute, who was the No. 4 recruit in Virginia when he signed with the Hokies in 2019 out of L.C. Hen Excessive in Chesterfield, missed the 2020 season after breaking his foot and struggled to get on the sphere final yr with varied accidents.
The athletic receiver concludes his school profession having appeared in 11 video games with only one catch, a diving 42-yard reception towards Maryland within the Pinstripe Bowl in December.
“After prolonged conversations with my household and coaches, in addition to many hours of prayer, I’ve made the tough choice to take a medical disqualification and conclude my soccer profession at Virginia Tech,” Payoute wrote in a Twitter post. “I can be without end grateful to Coach (Justin) Fuente and his workers for recruiting me and giving me a possibility to pursue my dream of enjoying for the Hokies.
“The final 18 months have been exceedingly tough for me and I imagine the perfect factor for my long-term psychological and bodily well being is to stroll away from the sport. I admire Coach (Brent) Pry, Coach (Fontel) Mines, my teammates and so many different people at Virginia Tech for supporting me on this choice.”
Payoute’s departure thins what already wasn’t a deep receiving corps, the place transfers Jadan Blue and Stephen Gosnell be part of returners Kaleb Smith, Da’Wain Lofton and Jaylen Jones to type the highest choices.
The tip of Payoute’s profession means the 2 highest-ranked in-state recruits of the Fuente period — Payoute and security Devon Hunter (No. 2 in 2017) — just lately completed their careers with little manufacturing to point out for it.
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