Name: Taj Harris
Position: Wide Receiver
Hometown: Beverly, N.J.
High School: Palmyra
2019 stats: Harris had a bit of an up-and-down year, but finished strong by catching 13 passes for 128 yards over the final two games. On the year, he had 37 receptions for 559 yards and two touchdowns. Not the year we necessarily expected for him, but not a bad campaign either in year two.
2020 projection: With last year’s top target, Trishton Jackson, off to the NFL, Harris becomes the most likely Syracuse Orange wideout to attack the program’s record books. As a player who can operate inside or outside, he has the potential to provide some real value for Tommy DeVito. Expect some big numbers this year.
How’d he get here: Rather than head to Rutgers and lose a lot, he opted to sign with Syracuse instead as a member of the 2018 recruiting class. He also had offers from NC State, Maryland, Temple and others at the time.
What’d recruiting sites say: Everyone said three stars. Thanks, everyone.
Money quote: Back when we still thought we were getting spring football, Harris discussed his conversations with former teammate and friend Trishton Jackson.
“He was telling me to become a leader. Be more vocal. I’m a junior now, and I have to step up and be the leader to show the guys because we have a nice underbelly.”
Tweets of interest: Let’s use that script for everything, please.
What movie would Dino recommend for him: Richard Harris played English Bob in 1992’s “Unforgiven.” If you don’t recognize him in that picture, you may recognize some of the other big names that appeared: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman.
Interesting Nugget O‘Interest: Taj was a three-sport star at Palmyra, also playing basketball and running track. Playing hoops, he was actually pretty damn good, scoring 25 points per game his junior year.
Let’s get a good look at ya: