Nov 28, 2020; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Taj Harris (3) runs from North Carolina State Wolfpack defensive back Joshua Pierre-Louis (19) after making a catch in the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Ex-Syracuse WR Taj Harris transferring to Rutgers

Former Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris announced Friday he is transferring to Rutgers.

The New Jersey native posted his commitment to the Scarlet Knights on Twitter: “Jersey I’m home.”

Harris entered the transfer portal in early October after catching 16 passes for 171 yards through three games in 2021.

He set Syracuse freshman records for receptions (40) and receiving yards (565) in 2018 and earned All-ACC third-team honors in 2020.

Harris finished his four-year Orange career with 151 catches for 2,028 yards and 10 touchdowns in 37 games. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2020; Syracuse, NY, USA;  Syracuse Orange wide receiver Taj Harris (3) after a reception in the first half during a game against Liberty on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.
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Syracuse WR Taj Harris entering transfer portal

Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris is entering the transfer portal.

The junior made the announcement on Twitter on Sunday and Orange coach Dino Babers confirmed it Monday.

An All-ACC third-team selection in 2020, Harris has two years of eligibility remaining.

Harris did not travel with the team for Saturday’s 33-30 loss at Florida State.

He caught 16 passes for 171 yards in three games this season, raising his career totals to 151 receptions for 2,028 yards and 10 touchdowns since 2018.

Syracuse (3-2, 0-1 ACC) hosts No. 19 Wake Forest (5-0, 3-0) on Saturday afternoon.

–Field Level Media

Sep 26, 2020; Syracuse, New York, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Taj Harris (3) reacts to his touchdown catch and run against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the second quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse WR Harris misses game after obscene gesture

A week after his televised obscene gesture, Syracuse receiver Taj Harris did not travel with the team for Saturday’s game at No. 1 Clemson.

Harris, who has 26 catches for 434 yards and four touchdowns in five games, apologized to his teammates earlier this week for showing his middle finger to a television camera during the Orange’s 38-21 home loss to Liberty.

After the game, Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack called Harris’ actions “inappropriate” and “unacceptable” and said his behavior would be addressed by the football program.

“A young man making a mistake,” Orange coach Dino Babers said on Monday. “We all understand.”

A 6-foot-2 junior, Harris has 103 receptions for 1,558 yards and nine touchdowns in 29 career contests.

–Field Level Media