"I notified them around 12 (p.m.)," said the Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, GA) athlete. "I called coach (Nathaniel) Hackett and told him, then he put coach (Doug) Marrone on the phone.
"Then I spoke to coach (Tyrone) Wheatley."
The running backs coach and former Michigan standout as well as NFL running back had a big influence on Morris' decision.
"It's been a real close relationship," Morris said of the talks between he and Wheatley. "He came and offered me at the spring game and from that point on we've kept in contact with each other.
"That bond…you know that you can feel comfortable with a coach."
The three-star prospect will get a chance to play running back for the Orange, and he will be on campus for an official visit on January 13.
"I feel pretty excited," Morris said two hours after his commitment. "I'm very excited to be a part of the Syracuse family and start a new chapter of my career next year."
Morris said that the excitement works both ways.
"To be a part of something big to achieve their goals as well as to achieve my goals," he said.
'Cuse has recruited Morris as a running back all along, where he excelled at Central Gwinnett.
"Whether it be running the ball or catching the ball, however way I can be used to help the team win," Morris said. "I'm the guy."
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound tailback took his time in making the decision to become the school's 22nd commit in the class of 2012 (counting soft verbal Tashon Whitehurst), because of his focus.
"I wanted to focus on school and football first," he said of his slow recruitment. "I wanted to make sure I weighed all of my options and make the best choice possible for me."
Now that the strong one-cut runner is verbally committed to SU, his recruitment is over.