Another day, another Power Five player has taken the graduate transfer train out of town.
The latest to take this particular attrition hit is Iowa State, which announced in a press release that Jordan Harris (pictured, No. 2) has decided to leave the Cyclones and finish his playing career elsewhere. As a graduate transfer, Harris would be eligible to play immediately in 2016 if that elsewhere is another FBS program.
As to where that elsewhere may be, the linebacker wants to use his last season of eligibility closer to his home state of Mississippi.
“Jordan has done everything we have asked him to do since the first day I got here,” head coach Matt Campbell said in his statement. “He’s a great person and a great teammate. In our meetings recently, Jordan expressed interest in finishing out his career closer to his family. I have the utmost respect for Jordan and we will fully support him in his decision.”
“Iowa State helped me become the man I am today,” Harris said. “From my teammates, the old coaching staff to the new coaching staff, everybody has played a big role in helping me. I am happy I got my degree from Iowa State, which will open up many more doors for me in the future. I want to finish out my final year where my family can be more involved.”
Harris came to ISU as a junior college transfer and, after redshirting the 2014 season, started all 12 games in 2015. He was third on the team in tackles with 70, and fifth in tackles for loss with five. The 6-1, 233-pounder added a sack, interception and fumble recovery for good measure.