The Arizona Wildcats have made another acquisition via the transfer portal, and it’s a big one. Colorado outside linebacker Jason Harris announced Wednesday that he is joining his older brother Jalen at the UA.
Jason, who picked Colorado over Arizona out of high school, did not play for the Buffaloes as a freshman this season, but was a four-star prospect out of Gilbert’s Higley High in 2020.
247Sports composite rankings pegged him as a top-300 recruit and the No. 8 player in Arizona. In 34 career high school games, Harris compiled 109 tackles (68 solo) with 46 tackles for loss and 39.5 sacks.
His father Sean and mother Cha-Ron also attended the UA. Sean played football and Cha-Ron was a women’s basketball player.
Jalen, a redshirt junior linebacker, is one of Arizona’s top returning defenders, logging 74 tackles and seven sacks in his UA career.
They will be coached by new assistant Ricky Hunley, a UA alum himself.
“I’m excited to continue my family legacy and join my brother and the entire Wildcat Family!!!!,” Jason tweeted. “I’M COMING HOME!!!!!”
— Jason Harris ♛ (@JSH8_8) January 7, 2021
The 6-foot-7, 240-pound Harris is the third transfer the Wildcats have added since hiring Jedd Fisch, the others being Northwestern running back Drake Anderson and safety Gunner Maldonado, who are both from Chandler High.
It shows Fisch is serious about improving the roster and landing in-state talent.
Harris should help bolster an Arizona pass rush that was non-existent under former head coach Kevin Sumlin:
Here’s what Harris’ 247Sports scouting report said of him coming out of high school:
Tall, lanky frame with long limbs and narrow build. Plenty of room to add mass and strength. Very comfortable in stand-up role off the edge. Reach keeps blockers at arm’s length. Shows good burst off the snap, but takes time to reach top-end speed. Awareness to get hands up when he doesn’t reach the backfield. Athletic, but raw defender who needs to improve pass-rush moves. Lacks elite speed and explosiveness. Potential multi-year starter with upside as NFL Draft Day 2 selection.