Rutgers has added a big piece to its wide receiver room through the transfer portal as it attempts to improve its passing attack for the 2022 season.

Friday, the Scarlet Knights landed a pledge from former Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris. The receiver played in 3 games for the Orange during the 2021 season before deciding to enter his name into the transfer portal.

Greg Schiano is familiar with what Harris is capable of doing on the perimeter. In last year’s game between Rutgers and Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, Harris caught 8 passes for 122 yards.

Over the course of his career at Syracuse, Harris proved to be one of the squad’s best assets in the passing game. He ranked in the Top 4 in receiving yardage in each of his first 3 seasons with the Orange.

The 2020 season proved to be Harris’ best with the team, tallying 733 yards and 5 touchdowns on 58 catches. He led the team in all 3 categories.

Harris piled up 2,028 yards and 10 touchdowns on 151 receptions while appearing in 37 career games for the Orange. He will have 2 years of eligibility to use at Rutgers.

In 2021, Rutgers ranked 11th in the B1G and 114th nationally in passing offense, averaging just over 171 yards per game through the air. Adding a player like Harris to the wide receiver room could dramatically improve those numbers for 2022.