The Virginia Cavaliers football team has hit the ground running in the transfer portal by landing Notre Dame wide receiver Chris Tyree. A former five star high school recruit and a Chester, VA native, Tyree is a MAJOR pickup for Tony Elliott and company. He is 247Sports’ 47th ranked transfer overall.
At 5’10” and 179 pounds, Tyree is lightning fast. His 4.38 second 40 is up there with the absolute quickest in college football, and he fills an immediate need as a slot receiver to take Malik Washington’s spot.
In his first year playing wide receiver for the Irish in 2023 (after playing as a running back for the first three seasons), Tyree totaled 26 receptions for 484 yards and three touchdowns. Across his four years in South Bend, he hauled in 945 yards through the air and seven total touchdowns along with 1161 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground on 232 carries, most of which came in the first three years.
While not being as technically sound or as adept at reading defenses and finding space as Malik Washington, Tyree is a legit deep threat with absolute breakaway speed. He caught three 40+ yard receptions in 2023 including a 46-yard score and another 76-yard touchdown. He’s also a talented returner with one punt and one kick return touchdown at ND.
Someone is going to land a WEAPON in Chris Tyree via the portal— J.D. PicKell (@jdpickell) November 27, 2023
The only true concern about Tyree is his size, but that shouldn’t be much of a problem for Virginia who will most significantly benefit from playing him in the slot. In Tyree and Fields, UVA has a really solid top two receivers heading into next season, and Tyree projects to provide a potential threat as a kick returner and additional dynamic offensive weapon considering his experience as a running back.
From a recruiting standpoint, Tyree is not only the biggest transfer get for Elliott and company as a raw talent, but also because he’s from the Richmond area where UVA is starting to establish more success along with getting commitments from Kam Robinson, 2024 commit Ethan Minter (from Tyree’s high school), and 2025 four star receiver Isaiah Robinson.
The on-field results might not have come around quite yet, but the recruiting success especially in the Commonwealth is starting to pick up in a meaningful way.