Even though he had various family ties to Michigan State, a Spartan commitment was not always a given for Matt Morrissey.
The 6'3, 185-pound safety from Stevenson High (Lincolnshire, Ill.) visited other schools, accumulated offers from the likes of Illinois, Boston College, Syracuse and others, and did what he needed to do to make an educated decision.
Today, that education lead him to Michigan State, where he committed on his visit.
"I felt that it was the best fit for me and fell in love with the Michigan State program," he explained.
His father Jim was a stand out linebacker for the Spartans before playing the pros, and he has a sister, Anna, who currently plays basketball in East Lansing. While other factors played into his decision, Morrissey admits it's nice to be continuing a family tradition.
"It's awesome to play for the same school my father did," he stated.
With his size and football smarts, Morrissey offers the Spartans some options as to where to play him. Outside linebacker, safety, wide receiver, maybe even other positions as well.
"I'm recruited as an athlete," he said. "They will continue to evaluate me as I develop."
Morrissey is the 13th commitment in the Spartan class, the fourth from the state of Illinois and the second legacy commit, joining Byron Bullough.