Either way, the Jackets will lose the receivers with the second and fourth most receptions this season, Malachi Carter (tied with Malik Rutherford with 23 catches) and E.J. Jenkins (17 catches), who both played their final seasons of eligibility this year. Without McCollum, the Jackets’ leading returning receivers are Rutherford and Leo Blackburn (five catches). The two would be, in fact, the only receivers returning who had receptions this season, as Ryan King also went in the portal and Kalani Norris left the team midseason. Scouring the transfer portal for addition at receiver appears to be a distinct possibility for Key.
Allen played in 31 games in three seasons for Tech. He played in all 12 games this season, starting the first two before LaMiles Brooks jumped ahead of him and went on to earn All-ACC honors. Allen, who was a four-star prospect out of Lassiter High, was at Notre Dame for one season before transferring to Tech before the 2019 season. He is scheduled to earn his business administration degree this semester and would leave Tech as a grad transfer with one season of eligibility remaining.