One of Kansas football's top receivers will be leaving the program as a graduate transfer.
Chase Harrell, a 6-foot-4 redshirt sophomore who ranked second on the team with three receiving touchdowns last season, plans on graduating from KU before using his final two years of eligibility elsewhere, he announced Friday on Twitter.
"This has nothing to do with the KU program," Harrell tweeted. "[T]his is just something I need to do for myself to truly start fresh and refocus."
It has been a difficult last few months for Harrell. In December, he was present when his older brother, Cole, was shot and killed at a Houston house party. Then, in March, he was arrested by Lawrence police on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Harrell had not been practicing with the team in the spring, with KU coach David Beaty addressing his situation during a press conference last week.
"He's done a terrific job of doing everything that we've asked him to do and things that we've encouraged him to do," Beaty said of Harrell. "He's a kid that we all love. He's adored in our program. The No. 1 goal for us is to help Chase."
Beaty had high hopes for Harrell when he committed to KU in 2015, comparing him on Signing Day to Mike Evans, whom Beaty had coached at Texas A&M.
Harrell showed flashes of his potential at KU, which included a one-handed touchdown catch in last year's season-opening 38-16 victory over Southeast Missouri State.
His production wasn't always consistent, though. Harrell played in all 12 games in 2017 while starting four, finishing third on the team in catches (25) and fifth in receiving yards (221).