Having already offered Saddleback (CA) JUCO tight end Chris French, Iowa State pulled the trigger on Riverside C.C. JUCO tight end Matt Morin on Thursday. Morin, a former quarterback at San Diego State and teammates with French last season at Saddleback, spoke to AllCyclones.com on Friday about the offer.
The Cyclones will likely only take one JUCO tight end in the 2015 class. French and Morin have offers from Illinois and Iowa State — the Illini already has a verbal commitment from JUCO tight end Andrew Davis, of Iowa Western.
Morin will graduate in December and has two years to play two. He caught eight passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns last fall.
- On where the Cyclones see him and what he sees in them:
- On the journey from SDSU to Saddleback to Riverside:
- From throwing passes to catching them: "[At Saddleback] We had a (QB) starter coming back and coach felt more comfortable with him, and I was totally fine with that. I'm a team guy so put me somewhere you can use me. We had a slot guy that got hurt earlier in the summer so I wanted to try it out. And then I started the next game."
- A new perspective:
"They're look at me as a tight end, they like to do a lot of flexed-out things."My first contact with them was yesterday, from my high school coach telling me they were interested in me a month ago. I never talked to them, I think they were getting some other things figured out — my transcripts and such. I got a text from my recruiting coordinator at RCC saying they'll offer me and call me. [Thursday] night they called. It was great, it's a good feeling. Iowa STate's known as a good school — Coach Paul Rhoads and all the speeches he gives that are on ESPN. It got me pumped up that I might get to play for him. I was talking to Coach [Todd] Sturdy last night and he was telling me to come up for an official visit sometime during the season. I have to talk to my parents about that but from here on I'll stay in contact. It's definitely a good school and one I'm really interested in.
"I'm actually at Riverside C.C. right now. It was expensive to live out there and I had the opportunity to be closer to home and play for Coach Tom Craft. It's only a 30-minutes drive. It's just a little better program to play in and get recruited out of.
"I've been there, I've done the whole thing, I was a top-20 quarterback coming out of high school. I took all my trips, I just learned that when you get to a school, you're just another number. You've got to go to a school that'll fit you best and where you can play right away. Obviously as a JUCO guy I have two years, so I have to go somewhere I can play right away. I think I'd have the opportunity to do that at Iowa State."
When I was in high school I really developed as an athlete. My senior year we ran the ball a lot with me and that made me a better athlete. I knew if quarterback didn't work out I could change to tight end or slot because my athletic ability got better. When I started playing, it came naturally to me. Probably the best decision I made was moving to tight end or slot and giving up quarterback. I found a new love for the game. It's just so much fun now."
Playing QB, it's helped tremendously. When the ball doesn't come to me, or something goes wrong, I know how annoying it is for a receiver to come over and start yelling at you to throw it to him. So I have my quarterback's back. I know the coverages and everything, so I know how to get open faster."