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Irish Land Another Explosive Portal Playmaker in WR/KR Jayden Harrison

Written by Liam Gaudet ⏐ Senior Editor ⏐ Twitter/X: @LiamGaudetIT

Photo by Marshall University Athletics


Just a little over four weeks ago, the Notre Dame receiving core was absolutely reeling after losing four highly recruited pass catchers in Rico Flores Jr, Braylon James, Holden Staes and Chris Tyree. Things were getting out of hand quickly after the departure of two-year wide receiver's coach Chansi Stuckey, and something needed to be done quickly to quell the nerves of an anxious fanbase. Marcus Freeman delivered in emphatic fashion, diving head first into the transfer portal and landing two big-time pass catchers in Clemson's Beaux Collins and Florida International's Kris Mitchell. This afternoon, Marcus Freeman decided to kill two birds with one stone, grabbing a dynamic playmaker who has the potential to make plays at both receiver and on special teams.





I'll keep this short and sweet - Jayden Harrison is FAST. Coming out of high school, Harrison was a three star prospect with offers from the likes of Tennessee, North Carolina and Louisville, however, the 5'9 speedster elected to further his academic and athletic career at Vanderbilt. He played one season for the Commodores in the SEC in 2020 before electing to transfer to Marshall for the 2021 season. Primarily a return specialist, Harrison has amassed over 1500 return yards in his four years of collegiate football, averaging 25.4 yards per kickoff return. His ability to kick into second gear has also allowed him to return three kicks for a touchdowns throughout his career, which was an asset that the Irish couldn't afford to overlook. Despite his success on special teams, Harrison could prove to be a solid receiving option for Notre Dame. The Nashville product has racked up nearly 800 receiving yards and four touchdowns in as many seasons. Harrison also put on quite a show in Marshall's bowl game against UTSA - despite the loss, Harrison finished with six receptions for 132 yards, both of which were career highs. Coming off of his best statistical season in 2023 as a receiver, Harrison could add some much needed depth to a room that is looking to turn the tide under new receiver's coach Mike Brown, and of course, new offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock. Harrison is a welcomed addition to a Notre Dame roster that looks poised to be one of the most athletic in recent memory.


The rest of Notre Dame's transfer class is filled out below:


Jayden Harrison - WR/KR - Marshall

Mitch Jeter - K - South Carolina

Beaux Collins - WR - Clemson

Jordan Clark - S - Arizona State

RJ Oben - EDGE - Duke

Riley Leonard - QB - Duke

Kris Mitchell - WR - Florida International


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