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By Jack Fitzpatrick
The already crowded wide receiver room in Harrisonburg, grew by one today. Brandon Polk, a 5’9” 175-pound wide receiver from Penn State University has announced his transfer to JMU.
Polk entered the NCAA transfer portal in January after a season where he saw the field only 10 times with seven starts. Expected to be an impact player during the 2018 campaign for the Nittany Lions, Polk was pushed down the depth chart for lack of production. He didn’t record a catch the last five games of the season.
Polk has one year remaining of eligibility and will look to make an impact for the Dukes’ passing attack. In his 40 career games played at PSU, Polk racked up just 27 receptions for 367 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged less than one reception a game and never really made a big impact on the Program in Happy Valley.
A native of Ashburn, Va. and Briar Woods High school alum, Polk was the top receiver in the state of Virginia and the 17 best in the country. With those high of rankings, there was a lot of hype surrounding Polk coming into his Nittany Lion career however, he never seemed to put it all together thus culminating in his transfer.
Polk will look to work his way up the depth chart, but it won’t be easy for him as JMU returns all but one receiver. The likes of Riley Stapleton, Ezrah Archie, Kyndel Dean and Josh Sims are just a few of the names that sit in front of Polk.
The Ashburn native is now trading in the Happy Valley for the Shenandoah Valley, hoping that the change of scenery may change the trajectory of his collegiate career.