Kansas picks up a major transfer at WR

Kansas' coaches know they need as much help as possible to fix an ailing passing game, and the Jayhawks are hoping they got a big, immediate boost Wednesday.

From the Associated Press:

Wide receiver Nick Harwell is transferring to Kansas after spending three seasons at Miami of Ohio, where he set the school record with 219 yards receiving in a game as a freshman.

Kansas coach Charlie Weis announced Harwell's decision in a statement Wednesday.

Harwell missed three games last season with a knee injury but still led the Mid-American Conference [in receiving yards per game] with 68 catches for 870 yards and eight touchdowns. He was the nation's second-leading receiver in 2011, when he caught 97 passes for 1,425 yards and nine touchdowns.

Oklahoma transfer Justin McCay has earned a bit of preseason hype, but he's still unproven at the collegiate level. The Jayhawks are still waiting to see if Harwell has graduated and will be officially eligible for 2013, but he'll be a big talent upgrade whenever he's able to take the field.

Harwell was suspended at Miami after an arrest earlier this offseason, but sources told the Lawrence Journal-World that he was facing no legal trouble.

From the Journal-World report:

In early April, Harwell was arrested and charged with criminal damaging, theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle/vehicle trespass after an early-morning incident at an off-campus apartment. Harwell was suspended from all football-related activities by Miami coach Don Treadwell.

That's definitely something of a red flag, but if Weis did his homework and felt comfortable bringing Harwell aboard, he's responsible for how Harwell's time in Lawrence plays out. If he stays out of trouble, this is a decision that could pay off in a big way for a KU offense in need of major help in the passing game.