JMU Football’s 2024 Transfer Portal Targets – JMU Sports News

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By Bennett Conlin

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

We’re making this page in hopes of better remembering all of JMU’s transfer portal targets. It’ll likely be a bit of a mess, but hopefully it’s also a fun resource for recruiting die-hards. Transfers who have committed to JMU will be monitored on our transfer portal tracker instead of this page.

Quarterback

The Dukes haven’t publicly offered a transfer portal quarterback yet. 

Running back 

My civil litigation team won’t like that I’m saying this, but stay tuned for running back updates. 

Wide receiver

Jamoi Mayes, Chattanooga – Mayes caught 62 passes for 1,037 yards and four touchdowns in 2023. He’s one of just 10 FCS receivers to eclipse 1,000 yards this season. 

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

Terez Traynor, Idaho – Traynor began his career at Western Kentucky and was productive for Idaho in 2023, catching 24 passes for 370 yards and two touchdowns. 

Jaylen Varner, Emporia State – The Division II prospect caught 90 passes for 1,008 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2023. He’ll be on an FBS team in 2024.

Tight ends

Cole Rusk, Murray State – The Racers didn’t do much well in 2023, going just 2-9. Rusk was a bright spot, however, catching 39 passes for 507 yards and six touchdowns, all team highs. He’s 6’6” and 250 lbs, and Power Five teams will be seeking Rusk’s services.

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

Offensive line

Mike Barr, Lafayette – Barr was a First Team All-Patriot League player in 2023, and his team won the conference over Holy Cross. He’s played multiple spots across the offensive line and started 25 career games. 

Defensive line

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. 

Terry Lockett, Syracuse – A three-year player with Syracuse, Lockett (6’3” and 280 lbs) tallied 25 tackles, including three tackles for loss in 2023. He also recovered three fumbles. 

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.

Kanious Vaughn, UTEP – Vaughn began his career at the JUCO ranks, and he performed well for UTEP in 2023. The defensive end (6’2” and 225 lbs) finished the season with 19 tackles, including six sacks. 

Linebackers

Stay tuned for updates. 

Defensive 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.

Specialists 

No public offers quite yet. The Dukes have Ryan Hanson returning at punter, but could look for a placekicker or long snapper.

Offered players who committed to JMU

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

Read more about JMU’s transfer portal additions on our transfer portal tracking page.

Offered players who committed elsewhere

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

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