After redshirting as a true freshman last Fall, linebacker Eron Carter will never see the field as a Hokie. He has opted to end his football career - and his time at VT - to pursue track and field.
— Eron Carter (@CarterE33) April 20, 2017
Carter, listed at 6-1, 231 pounds on the Hokies' 2016 roster, was a two-star recruit out of Palatka (Fla.) High School. He picked VT over Air Force, UCF, Western Kentucky, and several other lower-devision schools.
His departure is one of several 0 including others from the linebacker unit - this offseason. Only employing two true linebackers at a time against most opposing offenses, the Hokies still have a glut of players at the position group for this Fall, with several members of the 2017 class arriving after spring ball.
The Hokies are now operating well under the 85-scholarship maximum, but will grant the excess to deserving walk-ons, including kicker Joey Slye, wide receiver C.J. Carroll, and likely running back Steven Peoples.