JMU Football Transfer Portal Targets for 2024 – JMU Sports News

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By Bennett Conlin

Has anyone else seen a series of “JMU offers!” tweets on their social media charts this week? If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble keeping track of the many transfer players Bob Chesney and company are offering a spot on JMU football’s 2024 roster.

We are creating this page in hopes of better remembering all the goals of the JMU Transfer Portal. It will probably be a bit of a mess, but hopefully also a fun resource for recruiting dead people. Transfers who have committed to JMU will be monitored in our transfer portal tracker instead of on this page.


The Dukes have yet to publicly offer a quarterback to a transfer portal.

Running back

My civil team won’t like me saying this, but stay tuned for updates.

Wide receiver

Jamoy Mayes, Chattanooga – Mayes caught 62 passes for 1,037 yards and four touchdowns in 2023. He is one of just 10 FCS receivers to eclipse 1,000 yards this season. He has one more season left.

Isaiah Alston, Army – Army doesn’t run the ball much, but Alston has proven to be one of the most dynamic receivers in the program. He has 49 career receptions for 1,031 yards and six touchdowns. He averaged 21 yards per catch over his career. Alston has two years of eligibility.

Therese Trainor, Idaho – Trainor began his career at Western Kentucky and was productive for Idaho in 2023, catching 24 passes for 370 yards and two touchdowns. He has one year of eligibility left.

Jaylen Varner, Emporia State – Division II prospect caught 90 passes for 1,008 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2023. He will commit to an FBS team in 2024, which will be his final college season.

Fred Farrier, UAB – Farrier had 18 catches for 266 yards and a touchdown in 2023. He was offered by several G5 programs, including several in the Sun Belt. Farrier has two more years of eligibility.

Tight ends

Cole Rask, Murray State – The Raiders didn’t fare too well in 2023, going just 2-9. Rask was a bright spot, however, catching 39 passes for 507 yards and six touchdowns, all team highs. He is 6’6” and weighs 250 pounds, and Power Five teams will be looking for Rusk’s services. He has two years of eligibility.

Tyler Foster, Ohio – Foster has 33 catches for 396 yards and four touchdowns over the last two seasons for one of the MAC’s top programs. He is 6’5” and 250 lbs, and he is one of JMU’s many targets with Power Five offers. He has one year of eligibility.

Offensive line

Mike Barr, Lafayette – Barr was a first-team All-Patriot League selection in 2023 and his team won the conference over Holy Cross. He has played multiple spots on the offensive line and has started 25 games in his career. He has one year of eligibility left.

Line of defense

Elijah Hills, Albany – The defensive lineman (6’2” and 280 lbs) has 59 tackles, including 16.5 tackles for loss over the past two seasons. Albany had one of the best defenses in the FCS in 2023. Hills has one more year of eligibility.

Terry Lockett, Syracuse – A three-year starter with Syracuse, Lockett (6’3”, 280 pounds) recorded 25 tackles, including three tackles for loss in 2023. He also recovered three fumbles. Lockett is eligible for two seasons.

Mateen Ibirogba, Georgetown – In two seasons with Georgetown, Ibirogba recorded 48 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss. At 6’4” and 250 lbs, Ibirogba could play on the edge for the Dukes. He has two seasons left to play.

Canius Vaughn, UTEP – Vaughn began his career in the JUCO ranks and performed well for UTEP in 2023. The defensive end (6’2” and 225 lbs) finished the season with 19 tackles, including six sacks. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Tavion Woodard, Ball State – Woodard has played an important defensive role for Ball State the past three seasons, with his most productive statistical season coming in 2021 (8.5 tackles for loss and five sacks). Woodard is listed at 6’4″ and 265 lbs and has one year of eligibility remaining. He would help fill a need at defensive end.


Stay tuned for updates.

Protective backs

Terry Jones, ODU – A safety for the Monarchs, Jones made 107 tackles in 2023 and earned Sun Belt honorable mention. He would be an immediate projected starter at safety. He has one year of eligibility left.

Marquis Robinson, South Alabama – The cornerback recorded 36 tackles and three interceptions for the Jaguars in 2023. One of the interceptions came in South Alabama’s win over Oklahoma State. He had four tackles against JMU. He has one year of eligibility left.

Jordyn Morgan, UNLV – Morgan, who began his career at Iowa State, was a standout for the Rebels in 2022 but played just one game in 2023. He has two years of eligibility remaining.


There are no public offers yet. The Dukes have Ryan Hanson returning as a punter, but could be looking for a point guard or long snapper.

Offered players who have committed to JMU

Patrick McMurtry (Holy Cross, OL), Jesse Ramil (St. Francis, OL), and Jacob Dobbs (St. Cross, LB).

Read more about additions to the JMU Transfer Portal on our Transfer Portal Tracker page.

Offers players who have committed elsewhere

Jaden Brown, RB – Garnder-Webb transfer, Brown, committed to UConn.

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