WR Chase Harrell granted release, will transfer from KU

Kansas wide receiver Chase Harrell (3) is taken off of his feet as he is hit by Ohio cornerback Bradd Ellis (3) during the fourth quarter on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Peden Stadium in Athens, Ohio.

Chase Harrell plans to keep playing football, but he’s done doing so at Kansas.

A difficult off-season for the receiver that included witnessing his older brother, Cole, murdered this past December, and an arrest on suspicion of DUI in March, led to Harrell deciding to move on and the program granting him a release.

The 6-foot-4, 228 pound native of Huffman, Texas, announced his decision via Twitter on Friday evening.

“With everything I have been through this past six months, I’m looking for a fresh start and have decided to transfer from KU and play my final two years at another D-I university,” Harrell posted in a note.

Harrell, who first arrived at KU in the spring of 2015, and would have been a redshirt junior with the Jayhawks this coming fall, detailed his plans to graduate this coming summer and move on.

He also thanked teammates and coaches in the the social media post.

“This has nothing to do with the KU program,” Harrell wrote.”This is just something I need to do for myself to truly start fresh and refocus.”

Just more than a week ago, KU head coach David Beaty stated Harrell wasn’t practicing with the team this spring, but expressed he wanted the best for the receiver’s wellbeing.

In what proved to be his final season at Kansas, Harrell played in all 12 games in 2017. He caught 25 passes for 221 yards and three touchdowns.

“I just want to honor my brother Cole on the football field every time I step on it,” Harrell added on his farewell message, “and I feel the best way to do that is with a fresh start and new beginning.”

by CH3⃣


Jeff Coffman

Chase we all wish you well. We never will be able to put ourselves in your shoes and understand what you had to witness; however, Jayhawk Nation is here to support you as you overcome that adversity. We are proud to see you get your Jayhawk Degree and know you will work forward for success.

We wish you well in your next endeavors.

10 months, 1 week ago


Brett McCabe

Best of luck to you Chase. Brighter days are on their way. RCJHK!

10 months, 1 week ago



Chase sacrificed his senior prom (final HS) semester to attend Beaty's 1st spring ball season only to redshirt. Glad he did. Now he can go somewhere and win more than 3 games like Cozart did. God bless him.

10 months, 1 week ago


Dale Rogers

I'm sorry to lose someone like Chase Harrell from our program but fully understand how difficult life is for him right now and fully support his decision. I wish him the best in his future. Good luck to you, Chase Harrell.

10 months, 1 week ago


Dirk Medema

Huge hat tip to Chase for not only being the 1st in his family to graduate, but to do it ahead of schedule - and while playing major college athletics. It is obviously the same initiative that brought him here a semester early, and will lead him to great achievements in the future.

10 months, 1 week ago


Michael Maris

Truly a sad ending to Chase Harrell's Jayhawk era. Chase, I wish you well in your future collegiate and life endeavors. Stay strong and enjoy your next Division I adventure. #ROCKCHALK

10 months, 1 week ago


Armen Kurdian

Wow, can't imagine that, totally get the need for a fresh start, and I wish him the best of luck.

10 months ago


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