I should travel to Tennessee more often, apparently. Two weeks ago, I was headed for an overnight stop in Tennessee on my family’s road trip to Boston. The Syracuse basketball team got a commitment from Geno Thorpe that afternoon. Today, I was returning from Boston on my way back to Texas, with another stopover in Tennessee. Boom. Syracuse football commit, in the way of wide receiver Taj Harris.
It was definitely good news to get out of the car a little east of Memphis to learn that the Orange nabbed a 3-star wideout from New Jersey, following a 10-hour drive. Harris is the third wide receiver to pick Syracuse during the 2018 cycle, joining slot receiver Cooper Lutz and fellow outside receiver Anthony Queeley.
Harris, a 6-foot-2, 175 pounder who runs in the 4.5 range in the 40, picked Syracuse over the likes of Rutgers, Maryland, NC State, and Temple. His speed and acceleration make him an enticing prospect on the outside, and you could see him eventually settling into a role similar to the one Amba Etta-Tawo played for Syracuse this year, once he adds about 15-20 more pounds of muscle to deal with the physical rigors of the ACC.
This is a terrific addition to the class of 2018 for Dino Babers and his staff, both for the talent Harris brings to the table and also heading into New Jersey and plucking a player that Rutgers wanted very, very badly. That’s always a nice bonus when a player commits to the Orange, isn’t it?