The ULM Warhawks have received their fifth commitment for the 2008 recruiting class in Acadiana (Lafayette) quarterback Jonathan Morvant. The Rams run a veer offense but don't let that fool you, this kid can sling the ball, and accurately. As a junior he topped 1,000 yards and had a touchdown to interception ratio of 12/0 while leading his team to the class 5A state championship.
"We lost our last three games of the season", said Morvant. I wouldn't say we are disappointed but rather mad and ready to get back on the field for the playoffs. Jonathan again went over the 1,000 yard passing mark this season and threw another 10 touchdowns. He was equally as tough running for over 400 yards and five more scores.
"I drove up to Monroe back on August 15th and worked out for the coaching staff. I think they were a little surprised when I did a standing still long jump of 10 feet. I benched 185 ten times and they told that was good enough". Morvant says his specialty is the power clean where he has an impressive 285 pound max. Before I left to head back to Lafayette coach Nate Kazor offered me a scholarship".
"When coaches were allowed to call us once a week, ULM never missed a week. Coach Kazor would call me then let head coach Weatherbie talk to me as well as quarterback coach Jonas Weatherbie. I actually committed back on September 25th but at the time did not make it public." I just wanted to stay focused on our football season at the time", said Jonathan.
Morvant said that ULL also showed some interest in him but had not extended an offer. "The coach called me the first week they were allowed but I didn't hear back from then until this week. My father's business runs the replay system inside Cajun field and I actually have helped him before, so it's a program I am familiar with".
In the end Morvant said he felt ULM was the place for him. "I just felt strong about the direction the program was going and decided it was time to pull the trigger", said Morvant. The campus was nice, everything was new and everything was easy to get to.
Morvant admits he didn't know much about the Warhawks at first, but says he has a good idea now. "They run a lot of shotgun spread offense and will mix in the option".
Coming from the veer to the spread, how does Jonathan think he will handle it? "Reading the option is something I am very good at and used to doing. Although we don't pass out of the gun much I am comfortable doing it.
This summer my teammates and I participated in a 7 on 7 Colorado camp and finished 3rd out of 15 teams. I would say one of my strong points would be reading the defensive backs well and knowing where to go with the ball".
This weekend Jonathan says he and his family are making an unofficial trip this Saturday to watch the historic first ever meeting between the Grambling Tigers and the ULM Warhawks. Morvant said he plans on taking his official visit closer to signing day. Morvant holds a 3.0 GPA and is academically qualified.