QB Stephen Morris receives offer Friday

The 6' 2", 180 pound quarterback out of Miami (FL) threw for over 2, 000 yards and had a 64% completion ratio as a junior. This spring, he has been working on a few things to take his game to even greater heights.

"I am just keeping the ball up and trying to get a shorter release point," added Stephen Morris. "I am trying to do a better job of distributing my weight and get my footwork better in the shot gun. If I get that done, everything else will get better."

Morris has already seen some improvements in his overall game since the fall.

"I am just better overall because of my experience. In past years, I might get confused on a coverage, but I have pretty much seen it all now. Having that knowledge makes you calmer in the pocket and a lot more confident. My coach has helped me out a lot to get better. They are also helping me prepare for the Elite 11 Regional camp (in Las Vegas) I go to this summer. I am just getting better every day."

College scouts have flocked to Miami Pace to scout one of the regions top quarterback prospects.

"This past week, it has been kind of crazy. We had Wisconsin, Florida, Purdue, Oregon, FIU, Miami, and Tennessee all come by. They are all showing strong interest. Purdue offered me and Kendall Montgomery (6' 6" TE) on Friday. All of those schools are showing a lot of interest. Wisconsin, Purdue, Oregon, and Tennessee are showing the most interest, and I plan on going there this summer to their camps."

Which colleges have offered up to this point?

"FIU, Central Michigan, Bowling Green, and Purdue."

Who else is showing strong interest?

"I get a lot of stuff from Miami, Florida, Vandy, and Ole Miss too. I like all of those schools. I am going down to Miami and Florida to impress their coaches this summer. Hopefully an offer will follow."

What does the 2nd Team All-Dade selection know about the Boilermakers?

"I like Purdue a lot. They throw the ball a lot and get you prepared for the next level. They are not a spread team. They play a fullback, tight end, and run a pro style offense. They play against Big 10 competition, schools like OSU, MSU, and Michigan. All of those schools are top notch programs. Their coaches know what they are doing. They throw and run the ball and hit you with both."


"They came down to Pace and talked to me about their school. Their offensive coordinator said their school fits me well. They also play Big 10 competition, so they will get you ready for the next level. They are showing me a lot of interest. They came to my school, watched me throw, and said they were coming back."

How about Oregon?

"They came down and actually offered our LB, Isaac Dixon. They run a spread option, throw it a lot to their WR's in open spaces. It is in a good location, and I hope it works out well with them too."

What about Ole Miss?

"I have a good relationship with Coach Vaughn. He is a good guy. I have also been impressed with their offensive coordinator. I am going to their camp in July and work hard and hopefully I will get an offer. They have a good offensive system and coaches. I just want to get down there and get to know everyone better."

Morris received his first phone call last week and it came from the Tennessee Vols.

"Tennessee told me they would love to have me at their camp. They are talking to me about their QB situation. I am just trying to get up to their camp and work out in front of them. They play in the SEC, which is a great conference, and it is a little closer and warmer than some of the other schools."

What is important to Morris, outside of a scholarship offer, when it comes decision time?

"I want to play for a group of coaches who are going to get me better and ready for the next level. The offense they are running is important too. A true spread team will not get you prepared for the NFL. Playing time is important. I do not want to have to sit three or four years before it is my turn, but I would say the two most important issues to me are the coaches and the offense they run."

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