Troy continues to add transfer portal commitments

Published 10:07 am Monday, January 15, 2024

New Troy Coach Gerad Parker – and his staff – continue to recruit the transfer portal and added a number of commitments over the weekend.

After earning a commitment from former Kansas State safety Jordan Perry on Jan. 10, the Trojans added four more transfer commitments this weekend from former Southern University defensive tackle Joshua Donald, Cincinnati linebacker Jah-Mal Williams, Butler Community College cornerback Semaj James and Grambling State cornerback Trent Henry.

Donald is a 6-foot-2-inch, 300-pound defensive tackle that originally committed to Oregon State before flipping his commitment to Troy. While Southern’s statistics are incomplete, the school has him as tallying 11 tackles, two tackles-for-loss and a sack in nine games this season. Donald, however, informed The Messenger that those stats are incomplete and he had five tackles-for-loss during one game in 2023.

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Donald is a Durham, NC, native, that started his college career at Hutchinson Community College. He will come to Troy with two years of eligibility left.

Williams is a 6-foot-4-inch, 238-pound outside linebacker that may very well fit perfectly into Troy’s bandit position – a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker. Williams was a three-star athlete coming out of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. In high school, he earned 46 tackles and 4.5 sacks with three fumble recoveries as a senior.

Williams comes to Troy after starting his career at Cincinnati. This past season, Williams played in 10 games and earned six tackles on the year. He will have two years of eligibility left.

James is a 6-foot-2-inch, 200-pound cornerback at Butler Community College. He committed to Troy over offers from Charlotte, Connecticut, Texas State, Western Kentucky and others.

In 2023, James tallied 22 tackles, one tackle-for-loss and four pass breakups in nine games. He earned All-KJCCC Honorable Mention this season.

Henry is a 5-foot-11-inch, 195-pound Miami, Fla., native that played high school football at Miami-Central High School. In 2023, Henry played in nine games and tallied 13 tackles, four pass breakups and three interceptions on the season. He’ll have two years of eligibility left at Troy.

Troy got some bad news from the transfer portal, however, when North Carolina linebacker RaRa Dillworth de-committed from Troy on Jan. 12 just days after committing to the Trojans.

Troy also got some good news from the high school recruiting class with one commitment and a recommitment over the weekend. Jefferson High School (Ga.) offensive lineman Brian Senter – who had previously committed to Troy during the season but decommitted after Jon Sumrall’s departure – announced that he was recommitting to Troy.

Also, North Cobb High School senior nose tackle Dylan Mann committed to Troy on Saturday. Mann is a 6-foot-2-inch, 265-pound Kennesaw, Ga., native that committed to Troy over offers from schools like Maryland, Memphis, UAB and Arizona State.

Troy has attacked all levels of college football when recruiting transfers this offseason, earning commitments from the junior college, FCS, Group of 5 and Power 5 ranks.

Troy Transfer Portal Additions (Updated Jan. 15)

-Derek Burns Jr., DL, Kilgore College

-Gerald Green, RB, ECU/Georgia Southern

-Brendan Jackson, LB, Gardner-Webb

-Cecil Powell, DB, North Carolina State

-Jordan Perry, S, Kansas State

-Josh Donald, DT, Southern University

-Jah-Mal Williams, OLB, Cincinnati

-Semaj James, CB, Butler Community College

-Trent Henry, CB, Grambling State