Players West Virginia Football Continues to Pursue in Transfer Portal
The Transfer Portal has become a double-edged sword for college programs across the country. It puts schools like WVU at risk of losing players, but also creates the opportunity of being able to rapidly improve a roster every year.
Even though West Virginia head coach Neal Brown decided to forgo bringing in another transfer quarterback this season, he still wasn’t shy about making it clear the Mountaineers would be looking to the transfer market to acquire talent that could immediately help the 2023 team.
While WVU has gained commitments from a few new transfers like Beanie Bishop, Anthony Wilson and Tyrin Bradley in recent weeks, and added a few others earlier in the off-season, they recently experienced losing players as well, even one player they believed to be headed to Morgantown.
Since the transfer activity can be difficult to keep up with, here’s a list of some of the notable players still available who West Virginia has extended an offer.
Purdue Transfer LB Jacob Wahlberg
The Muskegon, Michigan native, who was a three-star recruit out of high school, earned a full season of college playing time for the first time in 2022. He recorded 39 total tackles with 27 of them awarded as solo, a forced fumble and an interception for the Boilermakers.
Colorado transer WR Jordyn Tyson
Tyson (6-foot-2 and 180 pounds) caught 22 balls for 470 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2022 for the Buffaloes. He led Colorado in both receiving yards and touchdowns. He was a three-star recruit out of high school in the 2022 class.
JMU transfer DL Isaac Ukwu
Since getting healthy the last two years, Ukwu has posted 83 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery for JMU. He now has a chance to build off of that production with another program, maybe even a major conference team like WVU.
Colorado transfer WR Montana Lemonious-Craig
Listed at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, Lemonious-Craig, a junior, is now considered among the highest profile transfer wide receivers available. The Inglewood, California native posted 23 receptions for 359 yards with three touchdowns for Colorado in 2022 season, but did so for a struggling offense and team.
West Virginia Enters Battle for Colorado Transfer WR Montana Lemonious-Craig
TCU transfer WR Jordan Hudson
Hudson — a 6-foot-1, 190-pound wide receiver originally from Garland, Texas — played in 14 games during his freshman season at TCU. He caught 14 receptions for 174 yards (12.4 yards per reception) and four touchdowns.
Rhode Island transfer DB Atonio Carter
Carter, who is listed at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, has two years left of college eligibility after entering the portal as a grad transfer. He also received offers from Baylor, Kentucky, Louisville and Virginia.
The Florida native made 10 starts in 2021 after starting his college career with a redshirt year. He recorded 52 tackles, one sack, seven pass deflections, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Obviously, WVU won’t be bringing in all of these guys this season and has filled some of the needs already, but the pressure is on Brown to produce better results on the field no matter what. That means doing whatever you can to put together the best possible product on the field.