Commitment breakdown: NC State lands big-time QB MJ Morris
National Recruiting Analyst
Adam Friedman joined Rivals.com as the East Coast Recruiting Analyst in 2012 and covers D1 CFB recruits from SC to Maine & out to PA & WV. Media requests- RivalsFriedman@gmail.com
Rivals250 quarterback MJ Morris took a proactive approach to his recruitment. Despite the pandemic and recruiting dead period the Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy standout was able to do some unofficial visits and it really helped him figure out how he wanted his recruitment to go. Florida State was the early favorite but the momentum then shifted to teams like N.C. State, Georgia Tech, and Nebraska. Morris ultimately decided N.C. State was the place for him.
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WHAT THE WOLFPACK ARE GETTING
N.C. State doesn't usually go after explosive athletes at the quarterback position so Morris is a bit of a change of pace for them. He does an excellent job improvising while keeping his eyes down the field to find the open receiver. His arm is plenty strong right now and it should only get stronger once he gets to the college level. It'll be interesting to see if his instincts and abilities to anticipate are able to adjust to the speed of the college game. Mechanically, he's very raw and the coaching staff should be able to help him reduce some of the wasted motion, the number of passes that go over their mark, and the chances of his passes getting knocked down at the line of scrimmage by defensive linemen. In the end, his playmaking ability as a runner and passer in the open field are what make him a special prospect that can help put his team over the top in almost any situation.
WHY IT'S BIG FOR N.C. STATE
The consistency of N.C. State's recruiting efforts really paid off here. At one point a few months ago the Wolfpack looked like Morris' firm leader but they didn't quit on him when the momentum swung in another direction. His style of play will give the N.C. State coaches a lot to work with on the field and it should help put defenses on their heels in key situations. Georgia Tech is going to be a team to keep an eye on down the road unless they address their quarterback needs by going in another direction.