Wide receiver Makai Polk transfers from Cal, commits to Mississippi State

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Cal football lost a key player to the transfer portal Sunday as sophomore receiver Makai Polk announced his commitment to Mississippi State.

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The move came as a surprise — Polk firmly established himself as one of the Bears’ top receivers over the course of the shortened 2020 season. The wideout earned praise and attention and was a consistent deep threat that Cal’s offense desperately needed.

Over the course of the previous offseason, Polk added weight and elevated his game, evolving into a more dynamic target for quarterback Chase Garbers. Polk accumulated 478 yards and three touchdown passes after 17 games with the blue and gold and was primed to be an important member of the team’s offense for years to come.

The 6’3”, 200-pound wideout has instead elected to transfer. A product of El Cerrito High School who hails from Richmond, California — just a few miles from Memorial Stadium — Polk will move across the country to play for the Bulldogs. In Mississippi State’s air raid offense, led by the renowned, pass-happy coach Mike Leach, Polk will likely have an opportunity to put up bigger numbers.

While the Bears will miss his explosiveness and potential, they are not without their own talented pass-catchers. Redshirt senior Kekoa Crawford and junior Nikko Remigio are both veterans at receiver, while a group of four-star recruits — receivers J. Michael Sturdivant and Mavin Anderson and tight end Jermaine Terry — will introduce themselves to the Memorial Stadium faithful next season.

Jasper Kenzo Sundeen covers football. Contact him at [email protected]