Kansas wide receiver Chase Harrell announced his intent to become a graduate transfer in April, and the former Jayhawks standout has found his next home. Harrell announced on Tuesday that he’s headed to the SEC to join Chad Morris and the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Coming for Everything This Year! Thank you @coachchadmorris @coachcraddock @coachjstepp @_kbolden for the opportunity… Y’all getting a Man on a Mission #HammerDown #WPS #TunnelVision pic.twitter.com/gRoLuGAxp0
— dec. 17 (@1ChaseHarrell) June 12, 2018
Harrell emerged as a key piece of Kansas’ passing game last year. A former 3-star recruit from Huffman, Texas, the 6-foot-4 Harrell caught 25 passes for 221 yards and 3 scores in his redshirt sophomore season. However, after a turbulent last few months, Harrell decided to find a fresh start.
In December, Harrell witnessed the his brother, Cole, being tragically shot to death at a party in Houston. Then, in March, Harrell was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Lawrence, Kan. Harrell announced his intent to transfer not long after, with honoring his brother Cole being one of his top priorities.
Kansas coach David Beaty has been supportive of Harrell throughout the process, especially considering the family tragedy he endured in December.
“He’s a kid that we all love,” Beaty said in April. “He’s adored in our program. The No. 1 goal for us is to help Chase. It’s to help Chase. Football becomes secondary when it comes to guys that have gone through, as I think all of us are aware of, he went through an experience that I’m not sure many of us can affiliate with.”
Harrell could provide Morris with a big target in Fayetteville. Arkansas went 4-8 last season, and needs to make a decision on a quarterback battle between sophomore Cole Kelley and junior Ty Storey.