(LAWRENCE, Kan.)—Kansas football head coach Charlie Weis announced Wednesday that wide receiver Nick Harwell has signed a grant in aid to join the KU football program in August. One of the top returning wide receivers in the nation, Harwell spent his first three collegiate seasons playing at Miami (Ohio), where he was a record-setting receiver for the Redhawks.
Harwell, a 6-foot-1, 193-pound native of Missouri City, Texas, missed three games in 2012 with a knee injury, but still managed to rank 13th in the NCAA in receptions per game (7.6) and 14th in the NCAA in receiving yards per game (96.7). He finished his junior campaign leading the Mid-American Conference (MAC) with 68 receptions for 870 yards and eight touchdowns in nine games on his way to picking up second team All-MAC honors.
Harwell was the NCAA's second-leading receiver in 2011 with 129.6 receiving yards per game. He had a total of 97 receptions for 1,425 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore. He earned first team All-MAC honors, honorable mention All-America honors from Sports Illustrated and was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List.
Harwell set the Miami single-game record for receiving yardage during his freshman season with an 11-catch, 219-yard performance against Ohio. He was named second team All-MAC in 2010 after catching 64 passes for 871 yards. Harwell was twice named the MAC East Offensive Player of the Week in his rookie campaign.
Harwell leaves Miami ranked second in school history in career receptions (229) and yards (3,166), and third in receiving touchdowns (23).