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 signed Dylan Morris from Washington.

Running back

JMU added a pair of RBs, most notably North Texas’ Ayo Adeyi.

Wide receiver

Isaiah Alston, Army – Army doesn’t run the ball much, but Alston has proven to be one of the program’s most dynamic receivers. 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.

Leland Smith, Fullerton College – The JUCO wide receiver caught 26 passes for 655 yards and nine touchdowns in nine games in 2023. He has been offered by multiple Group of Five programs.

Tight ends

Several of JMU’s proposed tight ends committed elsewhere.

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 last two seasons. Albany had one of the best defenses in the FCS in 2023. Hills has one more year of eligibility.

Candy Charles, Liberty – A defensive lineman, Charles (6′ and 280 lbs) is an impact player. He posted 15 tackles for loss and nine sacks for the Flames in 25 games during the 2021-23 season. He dealt with injuries in 2023, but was a force when healthy. He also received interest from Northwestern, among others.


Stay tuned for updates.

Protective backs

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.

Thomas Anderson, UNLV – A former JUCO player, Anderson recorded 20 tackles and an interception in one season with UNLV. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

Jevon McIver Jr., Austin Peay – McIver began his career at Lenoir-Rhyne before transferring to Austin Peay for the 2023 season. He finished the year with 61 tackles, 12 pass breakups and one interception. He attracted offers from several G5 programs.

Chris Shearin, UConn – Shirin began his career at Missouri two solid seasons ago with the Huskies. He recorded 82 tackles, 13 pass breakups and four interceptions in two years with UConn. He has two years of eligibility remaining.


JMU added Logan Ketcham, a JUCO long snapper. The Dukes may be looking for a kick.

Offered players who have committed to JMU

Nakai Poole (Mississippi State, WR), Hunter McClain (Virginia Tech, OL) Dylan Morris (Washington, QB), Eric O’Neill (LIU, DE), Logan Ketcham (JUCO, LS) Terry Lockett (Syracuse, DL), Tyler Purdy (Saint Cross, RB), 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.

Terry Jones, ODU – A safety for the Monarchs, Jones made 107 tackles in 2023 and earned Sun Belt honorable mention. He committed to Indiana.

Tyler Foster, Ohio – Foster, who had 33 catches for 396 yards and four touchdowns over the past two seasons for one of the MAC’s better programs, has committed to Oklahoma State.

Marquis Robinson, South Alabama – The standout cornerback is on his way to Arkansas.

Cole Rask, Murray State – Stud tight end for the Illinois commits.

Reginald Harden Jr., Benedict College – The tall and athletic wide receiver committed to Arkansas State.

Deonter Morris, Kennesaw State – One of the best DBs in the FCS, Morris is headed to Georgia Southern.

Canius Vaughn, UTEP – Vaughn began his career in the JUCO ranks and performed well for UTEP in 2023. He is headed to Utah to play for a solid Power Five program.

Mateen Ibirogba, Georgetown – In two seasons with Georgetown, Ibirogba recorded 48 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss. He’s going to Wake Forest.

Fred Farrier, UAB – The wide receiver visited JMU and thought the Dukes were a top option, but committed to Kentucky.

Tavion Woodard, Ball State – Woodard, a talented point guard committed to Boise State.

Jamoy Mayes, Chattanooga – Mayes caught 62 passes for 1,037 yards and four touchdowns in 2023. He has committed to UAB.

Jaylen Varner, Emporia State – Division II prospect caught 90 passes for 1,008 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2023. The wide receiver has committed to Minnesota.

Rico Walker, Maryland – A former four-star prospect, Walker caught four passes for 27 yards in one season with the Terps. The tight end committed to Auburn.

Kempton Shine, Eastern Michigan – Shine visited JMU in early January and we spoke with him about his visit. Although he is enjoying his time in Harrisonburg, Shine will spend 2024 with UVA.

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