UW Football Welcomes Two Incoming Transfers
Washington has received signed financial aid agreements from two incoming football student-athletes who will both join the UW program at the start of the spring academic quarter later this month.
Wide receiver Ja'Lynn Polk joins the Huskies having transferred from Texas Tech, where he spent his freshman season in 2020. Outside linebacker Jeremiah Martin comes to Seattle from Texas A&M, where he was a three-year letterman.
Polk, who was a teammate of incoming Husky freshman tailback Caleb Berry at Lufkin (Texas) High School, played in all 10 games, starting seven, as a true freshman at Texas Tech. With the NCAA pausing eligibility for the 2020 season, he comes to Seattle with five years to play four seasons, and is immediately eligible to play in 2021.
At Tech, Polk caught 28 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns. One of his two TDs was a 60-yard reception at TCU.
At Lufkin High, he finished with 131 career receptions for 2,412 yards, despite seeing his senior season (2019) cut short due to injury. As a senior, he caught 54 passes for 1,050 yards and nine touchdowns and earned District 8-5A Offensive MVP and third-team all-state from the Texas Sports Writers Association.
Martin, who signed at Texas A&M out of San Bernardino (Calif.) Cajon High, has three years to play two at UW, due to the pandemic-related pause. He played 32 out of a possible 36 games during the past three seasons in College Station, earning three letters.
As a high school player, Martin was named second-team All-California by USA Today, as well as first-team all-state by CalHiSports. As a senior in 2017, he helped lead Cajon to a 14-2 overall record, the CIF-Southern Section Division 4 championship and a berth in the state's Division 2-AA playoff final. He recorded 30.5 sacks as a senior and was named the San Bernardino Sun's area defensive player of the year.
Washington beings spring practices on April 7. The annual Spring Game is scheduled for May 1 at Husky Stadium.