Maurice Morris talks commit to Navy

Navy received its first commitment of the new year from Houston area prospect Maurice Morris. The 6-foot-3, 325-pound lineman projects to play offense guard or center for Coach Chris Culton when he joins the Midshipmen. Morris spoke with GoMids.com on his decision and his recent visit to Annapolis.

Navy received its first commitment of the new year from Houston area prospect Maurice Morris. The 6-foot-3, 325-pound lineman projects to play offense guard or center for Coach Chris Culton when he joins the Midshipmen. Morris spoke with GoMids.com on his decision and his recent visit to Annapolis.

"It was in the spring of last year, probably March or April, when I first started talking to Navy," said Maurice Morris. "At first I didn't have a lot of interest because I really didn't know anything about them. A couple of schools I really was high on in the beginning, like Alabama, stopped recruiting me. The more I talked with Coach O'Rourke, the most interested I became [in Navy]. I finally went down for a visit last week."

Morris, who played football at La Porte High School, made his official visit the weekend of January 12-13 with his father. It didn't take him long after the trip to call Coach O'Rourke and tell him he wanted to go to the Naval Academy.

"I committed to Navy on Wednesday because of the education, definitely the coaches, and the fact Navy is not what it's cracked up to be," he said. "You hear stories about how strict it is there and how people quit all the time, but once I talked to a few players about it, I knew I could do it. My player-host was Jonathan Gazaille. We talked a lot on my visit and he answered all of my questions honestly.

"It was nice getting to speak with Coach Culton. He's one of the more colorful coaches I've met. I could tell I'm going to fit in well with him. Their offense is similar to what my high school does which is ground and pound with multiple backs. Really, I'd have to say, run blocking is my specialty."

At La Porte, Morris started out as a center but moved to right tackle the past two seasons for the Bulldogs.

"This season was probably the toughest one," Morris stated. "I fractured my foot causing me to miss the first six games of the season. When I came back, it was only partially healed but the doctor said I couldn't make it any worse. At first I was scared to do a lot on it, but it keep getting better and by the end of the year I was at 100-percent. I made second team All-Houston for the second year in a row, first team All-District for the second year in a row, first team All-Region for Harris County, and All-Academic for the state."

In the off-season, Morris plans to stay on a rigorous workout schedule as he plans to go into the Naval Academy directly this summer. He chose Navy over offers from Colorado State, Texas State, Grambling State, and McNeese State with heavy interest from a number of the Ivy League universities. La Porte finished 11-2 last season and made it to the Texas Class 5A Division II regional semifinal. Morris wore jersey number-71 for the Bulldogs.
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