Commitments talk about Morris

On Monday, Clemson officially announced Dabo Swinney's hire of Chad Morris as the Tigers' next offensive coordinator.

And that move suits several commits from the 2011 class.

During Morris' first and only season as Tulsa offensive coordinator, the Golden Hurricane offense finished 13th in the nation in passing offense (288.7 yard average) and 15th in rushing offense (216.9). Tulsa was the only school in the nation to rank in the top-15 in both rushing offense and passing offense.

The 505.6-yard total was fifth-best in 2010.

The Golden Hurricanes averaged 41.4 points per game, which was eighth.

After getting word from offensive tackles/tight ends coach Danny Pearman that Swinney had interviewed Morris, Ryan Norton needed to do a little research.

"I looked up the stats from last year. And Tulsa was one of the top offenses in the nation, which is unbelievable," Norton said.

In 2009, Tulsa finished 58th in rushing, from 32nd in passing, 35th in total offense and 44th in scoring.

It's a good hire, in Norton's estimation.

"I don't mind pass blocking. I don't mind run blocking," Norton said. "I do whatever they tell me to do. My job is to make everyone else look good."

Shaq Anthony, who spent the last three seasons in the spread at Wren High School, believes it should be a nice transition for him.

"I think it was a really good pick. Obviously, looking at some information, he's got a really good track record before coming to Clemson," Anthony said.

Adam Humphries had to do some research, too.

"I don't really know too much about him," he said. "I know he runs the spread offense. I know that will benefit the class coming in a lot more. Experience-wise, I know he was successful in high school, and Tulsa was pretty good. I think he'll fit in well at Clemson."

Eric MacLain said he's left a voicemail for Morris.

When MacLain is on campus for his official visit this weekend, they'll have a face-to-face meeting.

"I'm extremely excited. I can't wait to meet him in person," MacLain said.


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