In this Sept. 10, 2011, photo, Oregon’s Cliff Harris stands on the sideline during an NCAA college football game against Nevada in Eugene. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
The New York Jets cut former Edison High star Cliff Harris along with defensive end Claude Davis one day after they were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in New Jersey.
The two players, who were signed to reserve-future contracts in January and never played for the Jets, were arrested Monday night in Morristown, N.J., after an officer noticed the vehicle they were in was filled with smoke. According to a release provided by Morristown Police, the officer smelled “burnt marijuana” when the driver rolled down his window.
Davis, 23, and Harris, 22, were released after being served a summons, but a third person, Daniel Godfrey, 21, of Morristown, was charged with marijuana possession, intent to distribute and possessing a loaded handgun. Godfrey was detained at Morris County Correctional Facility in default of $50,000 bail.
Harris was considered an NFL draft prospect after leaving Edison High and starring at the University of Oregon. But after an All-America freshman season in 2010, Harris was kicked off the Ducks in December 2011 for violating team rules. That move, by then-coach Chip Kelly, came days after Harris was cited in Fresno for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Also while in Eugene, Harris was stopped in June 2011 for speeding at 118 mph by an Oregon state trooper, who said then he smelled marijuana in the car. Harris’ reply: “We smoked it all.”
Harris went undrafted in 2012 then signed as a free agent with the Eagles, who cut him after the season.