Joe Morrow of Chicago (Ill.) Hales Franciscan committed to San Diego State while on his official visit this weekend.
Morrow was Conference Player of the Year as he had 17 total touchdowns including 6 interceptions.
He led Hales Franciscan High School to an 8-4 record despite losing their starting quarterback as he was ineligible and their second string signal caller tore his ACL in the first game of the season.
While Morrow was originally being recruited as a wide receiver, the 6-foot-1 and 190-pound prospect committed as an athlete.
"They looked at Joe's body type and measurables to make sure to see what he said he was as far as height and weight," Joe's father Jeff Morrow said. "I could tell instantly that the strength and conditioning coach [Adam Hall] loved him. They were looking at him to put more muscle on him and increase his speed even more. I'm pretty sure he's going to be a defensive back and not a wide receiver but they are recruiting him as an athlete."
"He's also one of those kids that he doesn't care where he plays. He just wants to be in there playing and having fun. I think that's a great situation for him."
Hales Franciscan head coach Randall Townsel described Joe as a "hard worker" and a "leader." Not to mention the best hurdler in the state of Illinois.
"I have to drag Joe out of practice," Jeff Morrow described. "He's one of those kids that is the hardest working kid you're going to find on the field in terms of practice and the games. That's why he was able to play both sides of the ball. Joe played wide receiver, free safety, kicker, long snapper and the punt returner. He was never off the field during the season. That attracted them [SDSU] to Joe."
What stood out on the official visit?
"The campus is gorgeous, weather is great but I was most impressed by the coaching staff," Jeff Morrow said. "I love coach [Rocky] Long. I enjoy that old school, tough guy coach. I liked the style of football that they played. It's really that fast type of game."
"Joe just loved it when he saw practice. This is the type of situation that he fits better in with his speed so he was really excited about that."
San Diego State wide receiver coach Osia Lewis was the lead recruiter for the Midwest star.
"The thing as a parent that really swayed me I really like the situation as far as academics and the way they held them accountable, the help they had available," Jeff Morrow said. "It was very impressive. I really appreciated that."
Morrow had to de-commit from Central Michigan to become an Aztec. The Morrow's truly loved CMU but was concerned with the Chippewa's instability of their coaching staff and Joe really wanted to be in the Southwest.
The reasoning is that Joe has family in the area with a sister living in Los Angeles (Calif.) and his grandmother plus a few aunts and uncles live in Mesa (Ariz.).
Morrow's Hales Franciscan teammate Jordan Watson also took an official visit to SDSU this weekend. AztecReport.com reported that he committed to SDSU on the trip per a source.
Coach Townsel couldn't confirm the commitment of Jordan Watson and Jeff Morrow wouldn't comment on if Watson did commit or not but did say, "That would be gravy if another teammate came."
Morrow chooses to come out West
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