James Morris: MVP

The Iowa Hawkeyes have an impressive trio of linebackers that have committed to the program this off season, one of them being Solon's James Morris. The son of Iowa's equipment manager (Greg) has been a Hawkeye for life. He was at a Nike camp this weekend, going up against some of the region's best players and he more than held his own. He was named the Most Valuable LB...

James Morris is used to winning.

In three years at Solon High School - he has played varsity since the first time he put on a Solon uniform - the Spartans have won 38 of the 40 games Morris has been a part of. They have also won two consecutive Iowa Class 2A State Championships, and finished as the runner-up his freshman season.

Morris has always been about his team. In an earlier conversation, he said, "I could never do the things I have done without everyone else doing what they can do. They (his teammates) make me the player I am. We are accomplishing things together. Not just me."

Well, for one weekend in June of 2009, James earned a fairly impressive individual award. While attending the Nike Scouting and Skills Combine in Champaign, IL, on the campus of the University of Illinois, Morris was named the Most Valuable Linebacker.

The always humble future Iowa Hawkeye was very excited upon return home.

"It was a great experience." Morris said. "It was something I was not used to. I wanted to go and compete against other kids of similar caliber to see if I was at the same level as they were."

James was very impressed with combine as a whole, and will take with him the experience.

"I thought that I did fair." James said. "The speed of the other guys was pretty obvious. I really do not get to see a lot of that playing in Solon. But I feel like I held my own. I excelled in running and quickness. Though I need to keep working on my quickness drills."

Morris also was happy to see improvement in himself.

"Absolutely." Morris said. "I was happy to see improvement in my skills. The only way to do that is to attend these camps and compete against guys who are better than you are."

The next stop on his football calendar is Iowa City, as he will attend the Iowa football camp from June 18-20. His hopes for that camp are of the dual purpose variety: working hard on the field, and off the field.

"It is always a great camp." James says. "I will see some of the other in-state recruits there. Like Matt Hoch and Brandon Scherff. I think both of them are close to being Hawkeyes."

So does that mean Morris is going to try to be the ring leader of the Class of 2010?

"If it happens, yes." He says. "I just want to be there as a friend for those guys. We are pretty close. They are really cool guys. I want to help them make the best decision."

As for the fall of 2009, and Solon Football, James has really high hopes.

"We should be pretty good." He says with a bit of sarcasm. "We return all of our linemen on both sides of the football. We also have some really good athletes returning as well."

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