JMU Football 2023-24 Transfer Portal Tracking – JMU Sports News

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By Bennett Conlin and Jack Fitzpatrick

It’s not always easy to track the season on the transfer portal, so we created this page as a place to keep track of players joining (and leaving) JMU football during the offseason. We will update this page regularly and aim for more detailed analysis of transfer additions and departures in further articles.

Transfer returners

Those players entered the portal but ultimately decided to stay at JMU.

Chauncey Logan, CB – A two-year starter for JMU, Logan played in 10 games in 2022 and 12 this season, accumulating 59 career tackles and two INTs as the Dukes’ CB1. He is an important returner as he is a likely starter for a defense that is expected to undergo significant turnover. Logan’s junior season will come with significant individual buzz.

Tyshawn Wyatt, OL – JMU’s starting left tackle played in 34 games for the Dukes during his career and became a star contributor at forward positions. He has Power Five talent but chose to return to Harrisonburg. This is a big win for Bob Chesney.

Wayne Knight, RB – Knight announced his intention to transfer on October 16 via social media. Knight had 74 receiving yards and 15 rushing yards in 1.5 seasons at Harrisonburg. He waived Portal in December, giving the Dukes additional running back depth in 2024.

Transfer supplements

Lloyd Summerle III, DE, USF – Summerroll spent 2019-22 with Florida before transferring to USF in 2023. He had 21 tackles and four tackles for loss in eight games with USF in 2023. At 6’5″ and 240 lbs, Summerroll performs as a rusher for the Dukes. He has one year of eligibility left.

George Pettway, RB, North Carolina – Pettaway comes to JMU with three years of eligibility remaining. The former top-150 player played sparingly for the Tar Heels in 2022 and 2023, but he’s a big play waiting to happen and has special teams skills. He returned nine kicks for 255 yards, an average of nearly 30 yards per return. He is an explosive return paired with Adeyi in 2024.

Ayo Adeyyi, RB, North Texas – The 5-7 running back from North Texas announced he will take his talents to Harrisonburg for his final year. Adeyi was a member of the CUSA All-Freshman Team in 2021 and was the team’s leading rusher in 2022 and 2023. He rushed for 2,320 yards in his first three years and went over 1,000 yards on the ground last season. He has also found the end zone 16 times in his career.

Nakai Poole, WR, Mississippi State – Poole played one season at Mississippi State, but the 3-star recruit, according to 247 Sports, did not see any action. Coming out of Norcross High School in Norcross, Georgia, he had offers from Maryland, West Virginia and Auburn, among others. He’ll join an inexperienced wide receiver hall that appears to have potential.

Hunter McClain, OL, Virginia Tech – McClain had multiple Power Five offers out of high school, but wasn’t a mainstay for the Hokies early in his career. He has three years of eligibility remaining and figures to be a talented development player on the Dukes’ offensive line.

Dylan Morris, QB, Washington – Hello! While Morris was Michael Penix’s backup the past two seasons, he threw for 2,458 yards, 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for the Huskies in 2021. He earned Pac-12 Honorable Mention in 2020 by playing four games during the COVID season. He’s an experienced quarterback with a good arm, and while he’s not much of a threat, he’s a top contender to start for JMU in 2024.

Eric O’Neill, DE, LIU — O’Neal, the 2023 NEC Defensive Player of the Year, is a defensive threat. He has accumulated 131 tackles, 44.5 tackles for loss and 15.5 sacks over the past two seasons with the Sharks. He is a likely starter for JMU in 2024 and should replace some of the rushing production lost through portal and graduation.

Logan Ketcham, LS – JMU added Ketcham, a long snapper from a JUCO in California. He will likely compete with Jack Mowry for the starting job.

Terry Lockett, DL, Syracuse – Lockett accumulated 45 tackles in 26 games played for Syracuse in the ACC. He also has 5 TFL and 2 sacks in his career. The 6-3, 280-pound linebacker will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Tyler Purdy, RB, Holy Cross – Purdy rushed for 435 yards on just 59 attempts (7.4 yards per carry) in 2023, giving the Crusaders solid depth at running back. He also caught 14 passes for 166 yards last season. With one year of eligibility remaining, look for Purdy to compete for time in the running back rotation in 2024.

Jacob Dobbs, LB, Holy Cross – Dobbs will play his final season of college football at Harrisonburg. Considered an elite leader and teammate, Dobbs is also an incredible player at the point guard spot. He has 432 career tackles, including 123 in nine games in 2023. Dobbs also has 46.5 tackles for loss, 22.5 sacks and four career interceptions.

Dobbs is the intended senior for JMU in 2024.

WATCH | Jacob Dobbs spoke with us about the transfer process and his visit to JMU before announcing his decision

Patrick McMurtry, OL, Holy Cross – A graduate transfer, McMurtry comes to JMU after earning Second Team Patriot League honors in 2023. He has tremendous experience and size (6’6″ and 300 lbs) and played right tackle for the Crusaders last season. He will be familiar with Bob Chesney’s coaching style and immediately become a possible starter for the Dukes.

Jesse Ramil, OL, St. Francis – In his three years in college, Ramil has appeared in 20 total games, four his freshman year, seven in 2022 and 10 in 2023. The Binghamton, N.Y. native will have a chance to be part of the OL after some potential transfers departures.

Transfer departures

Curt Cignetti, HC – Dukes head coach reportedly leaving JMU for Indiana. He went 52-9 as JMU’s head coach.

Mike Shanahan, Bryant Haynes and Tino Sunseri, coaches – All of JMU’s OC, DC and QB coaches are following Cignetti to Indiana. The three coaches have contributed to JMU’s recent success and player development, especially Shanahan and Sunseri with Duke’s offense and quarterback.

Other coaches, such as DL coach Pat Koontz and strength coach Derek Owingsalso leave.

Aidan Fisher, LB, Indiana – Fisher became a standout player for the Dukes in 2023, tallying a team-best 91 tackles with seven pass breakups and a blocked shot. Fisher is a special athlete and looked like a Power Five player throughout the 2023 campaign.

Jaylin Walker, LB, Indiana – Walker has started 30 career games for the Dukes and is one of the best defenders in the Sun Belt. He has struggled with injury this year, but when he returned to the field his impact was immediate. In his JMU career, he has 136 tackles, 8.5 TFLs, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.

Tyler Stevens, OL, Indiana – The 6-5, 306-pound junior offensive lineman has played in 35 games for the Dukes during his career. Stevens was a versatile lineman who was involved as a left tackle, left guard and right tackle.

Kellon Black, RB, Indiana – The Dukes’ leading rusher announced he is following Cignetti to Indiana. Black started 11 games, playing in all 12 last season, and ran for 594 yards on 4.5 yards per carry. In his career, he has rushed for 1,262 yards with 5 yards per carry and 10 total touchdowns.

Michael Camara, DE, Indiana – Kamara enters the portal with two years of eligibility remaining (missed 2021 due to injury and has an extra year due to COVID). The Ashburn, Va. native played in 23 games over three seasons, accumulating 82 tackles, 26.5 TFL and 13.5 sacks. Kamara posted career highs in TFL (17.5), sacks (6.5) and forced fumbles (4) this past season.

Kamara opted out of the game and announced his intention to follow Cignetti to Indiana.

Ty Son Lawton, RB, Indiana – The former Stony Brook transfer plans to spend his seventh year at Indiana. He rushed for 568 yards and five touchdowns for JMU in 2023.

James Carpenter, DL, Indiana – The heart and soul of the defensive line, Carpenter joined the Dukes in 2019. Since then, he has accumulated 136 tackles, 28 TFL and 11.5 sacks with two interceptions and 11 pass deflections on the line. His ability on the interior has allowed players like Mikail Kamara and Jalen Green to feast on the outside rushing the passer.

Zach Horton, TE, Indiana – A star blocker and strong receiver, Horton scored six touchdowns for the Ducks in 2023. He follows Cignetti to Indiana.

Nick Kidwell, OL, Indiana – If Carpenter was the heart and soul of the defensive front, Kidwell was the heart and soul of the offensive line. The monster player suffered a season-ending injury in 2023, but a healthy 2024 at Indiana could land him in the NFL draft in 2025. He was very productive at JMU.

Carter Miller, OL, ULM “Miller has opted out of the bowl game and will be transferring to ULM,” he announced via social media. It remains in the Sun Belt.

Caden Shickle, Los Angeles, Michigan – The Dukes starting pitcher has entered the portal and will head to the Big Ten to join the Spartans.

Elijah Sarat, WR, Indiana – The 1,000-yard receiver entered the portal and followed Kurt Cignetti to Indiana. He received offers from other Power Five schools, such as South Carolina.

Jordan McCloud, QB – The Sun Belt Player of the Year, who accounted for 3,700+ yards and 40 total touchdowns, will enter the transfer portal. He confirmed his intention to enter the portal on social networks.

Brent Austin, CB – A rotational player at CB, Austin had 12 tackles and one interception returned for a TD this season.

Taurus Jones, LB – Jones dealt with injuries in 2023, but had a huge 2022 campaign with 82 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and five pass breakups. He is in the portal as a completed transfer.

Abby Nwabuoku-Okonji, DL – The former Minnesota transfer suffered a season-ending injury in JMU’s first game of the year. He was expected to be a rotational player at defensive end in 2023 and finished with 5.5 tackles for loss in 2022. He announced on social media that he will enter the portal as a graduate transfer.

Desmond Green, WR – The wide receiver wasn’t a major contributor for the Dukes and he joins Portal with two years of eligibility remaining.

Ibrahim Barry, WR – The new wide receiver did not see the field for the Dukes in 2023.

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