The general consensus throughout the early part of recruiting for the Class of 2005 was that Longview, Texas, receiver Malcolm Kelly was the only elite receiver recruit in the Lone Star State. One small problem – somebody forgot to tell that to Keller (Texas) Fossil Ridge star Howard Morrow.
Morrow, who is 6-foot-1 and 172 pounds, has emerged on the national recruiting scene the past few weeks and from evaluating junior film on him, it’s easy to see why teams like Oklahoma, Arizona and Texas A&M have already offered him a scholarship.
Simply put, Morrow, who has 4.5-second speed, is special. If you don’t believe us, just ask his coach.
“He’s such an amazing athlete that positions himself well,” Fossil Ridge coach Howard Wasson. “Every time he catches it, he literally thinks he’s going to score with it.”
That’s just the beginning, his coach says.
“One he’s extremely competitive,” Wasson said. “Second he’s a real strong receiver, and I’m not talking about lifting weights. When the ball is in the air, he believes it’s his ball, and he always finds a way to come down with it.”
He came down with it 61 times for 1,026 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior, earning all-district honors. Wasson, who is in his second season now at Fossil Ridge didn’t take long to realize that Morrow was special.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out you need to get him the ball,” the coach said. “It was about this time last year when I got here. I was told that he was our best receiver. By just watching him move on the basketball court and then in our workouts, it was clear from day one that he was one of those special guys that has the talent to be playing on Sundays.”
Where Morrow decides to attend college before he makes it to the NFL is still up in the air. Morrow already has those impressive offers and his coach admits that Oklahoma and A&M have a good early advantage for him, but there are others, too.
“He was really excited about the early offers,” Wasson said. “And now LSU is hot on him. They’ve not offered him yet. Wisconsin is also talking about offering him, but he was very impressed when Oklahoma and Texas A&M both came out and offered him early before the other guys.”