Kentucky Football: Early gameday gift Taj Harris transferring to UK

Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris ( Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris ( Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports) /

It’s game day in the Bluegrass but the Kentucky football team got an early morning gift when Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris made it official he was transferring to play for the Wildcats.

When Harris announced a couple of weeks ago he was entering the transfer portal Kentucky was listed as an early suitor along with other Southeastern Conference teams Auburn, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State. Other schools courting him include Western Kentucky, Temple, NC State, Utah and Louisville.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops hopes this early morning Yahtzee is a good omen for this team on game day as they take on rival Tennessee.

Harris was already on campus for an official visit when he tweeted out his commitment.

Harris has been wearing Syracuse orange and today gets to watch his new team hopefully put a beatdown on the team wearing orange in the SEC.

Game day Yahtzee for Kentucky football getting Taj Harris to commit during visit

The Beverly, New Jersey product played three seasons at Syracuse and pulled in 151 receptions for 2,028 yards and 10 touchdowns in 37 games. He was close to setting all-time records both in reception and yardage totals and will leave ranked in the Top 10 in Orange history among receivers.

He only appeared in three games this season snaring16 catches for 171 yards before announcing the transfer. This allowed him to actually redshirt for the season and not lose a year of eligibility leaving him with two years to play for the Big Blue.

This Kentucky football program will lose standout wide receiver Josh Ali after this season as he will use up his eligibility after taking the extra Covid-19 year granted to players.

Meanwhile, its more than likely the Wan’Dale Robinson will declare for the NFL draft and move on to the next level

This will leave a huge gap at experienced wide receivers and a veteran like Harris will be a welcome addition.

He is much like both Ali and Robinson who can each break free both vertically and downfield for big plays. Both run the jet sweeps as well and Harris is the kind of player.

Liam Coen’s offense hopes to get Clevan Thomas back from an ACL injury next year while their current roster of receivers includes Christian Lewis, Chauncey Magwood, and Dekel Crowdus. Senior Isaiah Epps has the option to return for an extra Covid year as well.

Kentucky has commitments from wide receivers Jordan White, Brandon Scott, , and four-star Fredrick Douglas star Dane Key. They are also after Nashville star Barion Brown who stands 6-foot-1 173-pounds and 247Sports predicts an 85% chance he will choose the Wildcats over Alabama. If you are looking for speed he has it having won the 100-meter dash in the state of Tennessee.

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