Hawks Land Surprise Illinois Commit

Signing Day is quickly approaching, as the first Wednesday in February is somewhat of a holy grail for fans of college football programs. In recent years, Iowa has had a few ‘near signing day' surprises and with Brett Morse's out of nowhere offer and commitment to Iowa over the weekend, the streak continues. Hinsdale Central's Morse (6'4 220 4.65) is the newest addition to the Class of 06'.

After previously committing to Central Michigan, according to head coach Tony Lombardi, when Hawkeye assistant Lester Erb extended an offer late last week, it was too much to pass up.

"Coach Erb does a terrific job in recruiting the state of Illinois," Lombari stated. "He had told us the entire time that if a scholarship opened up late, that there might be one for Brett. He really liked Brett, and felt he was a football player. Then, he told us that they had an offer available last week, and Brett gladly accepted."

The Hawkeyes love their football players to be tough, and nobody should ever question the toughness of Brett Morse.

Morse suffered an injury on a late hit early in the season that tore every ligament in his left elbow that prevented the elbow from moving side to side.

"Brett missed the second half of that game, but immediately afterwards, he drove to every doctor he could find. Nearly all of them told him not to play, but finally one doctor gave him clearance. I held him out of the next game out of fear, but he returned playing with almost a knee brace on his left elbow. He still managed to total more than 3300 yards of offense with the injury, which was a school record," Lombardi stated.

Morse rushed for over 1500 yards, threw for over 1200 yards, and had 418 kickoff return yards, including returning one kickoff for a 97-yard touchdown, in 13 games this season. He also played free safety in Central's quarterfinal and semi-final playoff games when he finally was cleared to do so.

"Brett has great feet and great hips," said Lombardi, who has sent three quarterbacks in the past four years onto the division one level. "He can really accelerate as his first two to three steps are outstanding which allows him to really hit a seam. Plus, he loves to hit people and is a very physical player. He is very athletic and skilled, and beyond everything, he is very, very competitive."

Morse is projected to start out at linebacker for the Hawkeyes, but with his frame and versatility, he could end up playing elsewhere.

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