"Finally signing my name on that dotted line meant a lot," said George Morris shortly after signing his letter of intent to go to Syracuse in the fall. "I've been waiting for this moment for a long time.
"The hard work, determination, the right attitude and with the right people around you – anything is possible. "
Those people played a big part Morris' path to Syracuse.
"I was very anxious going into today, very excited, happy – it was a lot of emotions going on in my head," he said. "I was excited not only for myself but for my friends and may family members; they're the ones that helped me get to this point.
"Without them, I wouldn't be where I am now."
The three-star tailback and Central Gwinnett (GA) standout had a relationship with another group of people that made everything easy when it came to making a college decision.
"The coaching staff [at Syracuse]," said Morris of what was the lasting factor that led to his pledge and letter to SU. "They've been very supportive, they've recruited me the hardest from the  spring and they still call me every other week checking up on me…they're definitely right there."
"They would call me and talk on and off the field type of things, no matter what," he continued. "We could talk about any subject. That and they were loyal, always showing me that they really wanted me to come to Syracuse and help them make an impact.
"That definitely sealed the deal right there."
Syracuse fans are hoping Morris can seal the deal as a runner, wondering if he will get to carry a part of the load as a true freshman in 2012.
"I think I'll get a shot," said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound back. "They're going to put me in a couple of packages, see what I can do from there. As the season goes on, I'll get more playing time and probably more carries.
"They're definitely going to try to get me in as early as possible, but they're not going to rush anything."
Morris has an idea of what he wants to do once he straps on the pads for the Orange.
"Just being able to get up there and compete; bringing competition with all of the running backs…to get the best out of all of us and try to get better each day in practice," he said.
His destination on the field is clear, but in the classroom there is still some wiggle room with the Georgia product.
"Off the field, I want to major in communications but I've got to look a little deeper into what communication I want to major in," said Morris. "I still want to fish around and see what I want to do."