Oregon received a commitment from former Northwest Missouri State running back Jay Harris on Monday.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound tailback will join the Ducks with two seasons of eligibility remaining, and has the chance to be another standout find for Dan Lanning and Co. In two seasons at the Division II level, Harris ran for 1,645 yards and 19 touchdowns. This fall, he was named a D2 First Team All-American after rushing for 100 yards in all 11 games he played — the only running back in the country to do so, regardless of NCAA division.

Harris ranked third in rushing yards per game at the D2 level with 130.3 and led the MIAA in all-purpose yards with 1,465.

With Bucky Irving off to the NFL Draft and Dante Dowdell hitting the transfer portal, Oregon had a need for a running back. Harris looks more than capable of stepping in and filling a role.


Harris’s best game of the season came against Central Oklahoma on Oct. 7, when he ran for 274 yards and four touchdowns on just 22 carries. He brings size, speed, and explosive ability to the position.

He becomes the second known transfer commitment for the Ducks so far in the winter window, joining quarterback Dillon Gabriel. The 2024 high school class also features 3-star running back commit Da’Jaun Riggs. Harris will join a backfield in Eugene that also includes Noah Whittington, Jordan James, and Jayden Limar.