Jerel Morrow Names Three

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Jerel Morrow, one of the premiere athletes in the state of Kansas, has narrowed his choices to three. Kansas State made the cut while in-state rival Kansas did not fare as well. The Wildcat staff will still face fierce competition for the 5-foot-11, 180-pound wide receiver/defensive back from a couple of Midwestern powerhouse programs.

"My top three are Nebraska, Kansas State, and Oklahoma State," said Jerel Morrow. "They're all established teams with great coaching staffs. It's going to be a hard decision. I'm going to have my Mom visit each campus over the summer so she can put in her perspective."

Morrow plays offense, defense, and special teams at Emporia High School. The position he'll play in college may depend on the college he chooses with his final three with varying opinions on the matter.

"My recruiter at Nebraska is Coach Garrison," Morrow said. "They like me at wide receiver. I was up there for a practice this spring, right after I went to Kansas State, and it was intense. It's a big football school. Everything there is central to the football program.

"Kansas State is a well established program too. When I was there this spring with my Dad for a Junior Day, and I liked it a lot. My recruiter is Mo Latimore, and they like me at defensive back. The team continues to prove they're a contender year after year under Coach Snyder, and it's right in my backyard."

Oklahoma State is just coming off the most successful season in the school's history which saw the Cowboys win 12 games and their first Big-12 Championship. They're hoping to reap the rewards by hauling in one of the best players from the neighboring state to the north.

"It's a program that seems to do a lot for their players," Morrow said of Oklahoma State. "They've done really well in the past, wins-wise. I'm being recruited by Jason Jones, the cornerbacks coach. They like me at defensive back. I just came back from a visit there last Thursday that went very well."

Morrow suffered a broken ankle mid-way through his junior season at Emporia. He rehabbed and has played basketball and now competing in track and field in the long jump, triple jump, high jump, and 4X1 relay. His best event, the long jump, Morrow is currently ranked number one in Kansas 5A with regional and state meets looming on the horizon. He'll schedule his summer visits with his mother when track season is complete.

"I'd like my mother to see each of the schools in person so I can get her input," said Morrow. "It's my decision, but what she says she likes can help me even more because she may recognize something I overlooked. It will be nice to have her opinion because it such a tough decision.

"With football, I like defense but I'm open to either. I haven't picked a major, but I'd like to go to a school that provides good academic help to their student-athletes. I'll probably know what I'm going to do and commit by the end of the summer."

Morrow says his biggest goal for his senior season is to stay healthy and play the whole year for head coach, Dustin Delaney. Morrow made 26 catches in six games as a junior for 638 yards and 10 touchdowns at wide receiver, and 24 tackles, seven pass breakups, and two interceptions in the secondary.

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