Former Kentucky transfer commit Taj Harris is headed to Rutgers
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Former Kentucky transfer commit Taj Harris is headed to Rutgers

Adam Luckett01/28/22

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Former Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris was at one time an answer for Kentucky at wide receiver. However, a decommitment shortly followed.

After choosing Kentucky over Ole Miss, the Palmyra (N.J.) High product was back on the market. After a few months of waiting, the 6-2 outside receiver is heading home.

On Friday, Harris tweeted out that the transfer is returning home to play for Rutgers in the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights are heading into year three in Greg Schiano’s second stint in New Jersey. Fresh off a Gator Bowl appearance, Harris can help an offense that just finished No. 123 in yards per play.

In three years at Syracuse, Harris played in a version of the Art Briles offense that relied heavily on vertical passes. The long strider thrived in that system despite some mediocre quarterback play in the ACC. Through three seasons, the former mid three-star recruit finished his career with the Orange with 151 grabs for 2,028 yards.

That production is severely needed at Rutgers.

Once on campus, Harris will be teammates with Owensboro (Ky.) High product Gavin Wimsatt. The quarterback was a four-star prospect who picked Rutgers after a long recruiting battle with Kentucky. Wimsatt reclassified late and played games for the Scarlet Knight this season.

The Kentucky product seems to be the future for Rutgers. Now the offense will give their young quarterback a legit weapon on the outside.

Kentucky recovered from the loss of Taj Harris

Heading into the offseason, the Wildcats knew that the wide receiver position had to be addressed in the transfer portal. The commitments of Taj Harris and Tayvion Robinson did that.

However, Kentucky was thrown a curveball when Harris could not be added.

Sources tell KSR that there was a credits issue with getting Harris into school after the wideout entered the transfer portal in October. Unfortunately, Kentucky was unable to admit the transfer.

That put the Wildcats on the hunt for another outside receiver. After staying patient, Kentucky addressed their needs by adding Alabama transfer Javon Baker. The junior will give the Wildcats an outside wideout with vertical speed and playmaking traits.

Kentucky was unable to add Harris but recovered to find Baker. Now the former commitment will get a chance to continue his career in the Big Ten.

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