The Virginia football team bolstered its receiving corps on Tuesday with the additions of two graduate transfers.
Dejon Brissett (Richmond) and Terrell Chatman (Arizona State) will complete their undergraduate degrees at their current schools in the coming weeks and enroll at Virginia in June. Both players will be immediately eligible to play and have one year of eligibility remaining.
Brissett and Chatman give the Cavaliers three graduate transfers for the upcoming season. The other is offensive tackle Alex Gellerstedt, who will join the Wahoos as a graduate transfer from Penn State.
Brissett, who announced that he would be joining the Cavaliers on Monday in an Instagram post, suffered a season-ending injury three games into last season at Richmond. He received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA, giving him an extra year of eligibility.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Brissett was a productive receiver for the Spiders before his injury. In the three games he played in last season before his injury, Brissett caught 16 passes for 304 yards and one touchdown. He was a first-team All-CAA wide receiver in 2017 after racking up 63 receptions for 896 yards and seven touchdowns. In 33 career games at Richmond, Brissett had 86 receptions for 1,282 yards and nine touchdowns.
Brissett had previously committed to Illinois in March, but opted to instead join the Cavaliers. He will be joined in Charlottesville by Chatman, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound receiver.
Listed as the No. 30 wide receiver prospect in the nation by ESPN coming out of Central High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Chatman had a limited impact in his time in Tempe. He appeared in just 13 career games for the Sun Devils, recording three receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown.
Chatman was part of the same Arizona State recruiting class as current Virginia quarterback Bryce Perkins, who began his college career with the Sun Devils before transferring to Arizona Western Community College, then UVa. Perkins and Chatman were roommates during their time together at Arizona State.
The additions of Chatman and Brissett will give a boost to the Virginia receiving corps that lost top target Olamide Zaccheaus to graduation. Among the receivers returning are senior Hasise Dubois, who caught 52 passes for 578 yards and five touchdowns last season, and fellow fourth-year Joe Reed, who came on strong at the end of last season and finished with 25 catches for 465 yards and seven touchdowns.
Coach Bronco Mendenhall and his staff have not been shy about adding transfers to help the Cavaliers’ roster. Last season, Virginia added offensive tackle Marcus Applefield as a graduate transfer from Rutgers. He started all 13 games at right tackle for the ’Hoos last season. Other notable UVa transfers brought in by Mendenhall are former QB Kurt Benkert, Perkins and offensive lineman Victor Oluwatimi, who has a slight edge in the race to be the Cavaliers’ starting center.