Above graphic of Jerry Day Jr. from uamsports.com
BELTON. Texas- Just hours after Southern Arkansas’ Deiontrae Wheat made the decision to transfer to UMHB, the Cru picked up a second transfer from the state of Arkansas in wide receiver Jerry Day Jr..
Day Jr., who played one season at Arkansas-Monticello, an NCAA Div. II program, comes to Belton with four years of eligibility remaining.
“I never stopped believing and trusting God,” Day Jr. said in a Twitter post Tuesday afternoon. “I want to thank all the coaches who reached out while I was in the transfer portal. I also want to thank UAM for an unforgettable freshman year. With that being said, I am proud to say I am committed to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor to play Wide Receiver.”
Though he was listed on Arkansas-Monticello’s roster for the 2020 season, the 6’2, 200 lb Day Jr. did not get an opportunity to see the field, as COVID-19 cancelled the entirety of the Boll Weevils’ schedule.
While at West Monroe High School in West Monroe, Louisiana, Day Jr. was a deep threat on the outside of the formation at receiver, but also grew his blocking ability as a senior when the offense switched from an air-raid-type attack to a run-first offense. Though he earned few opportunities to post big numbers at receiver, with West Monroe averaging just six passes per game, Day Jr.’s skill set grew. Look for him to play a pivotal role in the Cru’s sweep plays to slot receivers, as the outside blocking is critical to significant gains.
Day Jr. was named a Second-Team All-District and Second-Team All-Northeast honoree while in high school.
There is ample opportunity for Day Jr. to compete for a starting job during fall camp. However, UMHB brings back every receiver listed on the two-deep depth chart this past spring with the exception of Kadarius Daniels, who graduated and led the team in receiving yards (227). The current receivers group includes Romello Cook (8 rec, 123 yds, 1 TD in the spring), KJ Miller (20 rec, 181 yds, 1 TD), Brenton Martin (8 rec, 162 yds, 2 TD) and Brandon Jordan (4 rec, 48 yds, 2 TD).