It was an impressive junior campaign to say the least for Malvern Prep (Pa.) linebacker Trevor Morris. Rotating between strong safety, outside linebacker, running back and fullback, the 6-foot-2, 193-pounder racked up 10 sacks, an interception, countless tackles and even a touchdown on offense. His team, meanwhile, finished 8-2 and won its respective conference.
"We had a great year and I had a really good year personally," Morris said. "I contributed offensively, defensively, all over the field. I was pretty pleased with the effort."
Morris opened the eyes of numerous college recruiters as well. He doesn't hold any offers yet, but that should change this offseason as he takes more visits and follows by attending summer camps.
During the fall, he said coaches from Penn State, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Virginia, Syracuse, Illinois, Michigan State, Rutgers, Northwestern and Temple came to see Malvern play. In addition, a number of college assistants stopped by his school during the first days of the open period.
"I'd say Penn State, Syracuse, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Rutgers are showing the most interest right now," Morris said. "I don't have any real standouts, but I'm hoping to get offers from Syracuse, Penn State and Maryland too. Those are three that I'm looking at because they've been in touch a good bit now."
Although he was busy with his high school season, Morris had a chance to check out two Penn State games, when the Nittany Lions played Nebraska and Illinois. He also trekked over to Pitt for a game, and was invited to bouts at Maryland and Michigan State but wasn't able to attend.
"Penn state, the atmosphere is insane and I love it there. I talked to some of the coaches and they said I have the potential to play safety for them and come down in the box to help out in the run game. That's what I do for Malvern now, and I could definitely see myself in that type of system.
"Pitt was fun too, but the atmosphere wasn't like Penn State's. I went over for their game against UVA and had a good time."
This offseason, Morris said he'll make a return trip to PSU, and "definitely" wants to check out Syracuse and Maryland for the first time. Other trips could crop up as well depending on what programs make a push for him.
As far as the Terps are concerned, Morris said John Dunn contacted him on Facebook awhile back and has been in touch. Since then, Morris has been invited to games, a junior day and a one-day summer camp in College Park, Md.
"Maryland is a school I'm starting to learn a lot more about because they've shown a lot of interest and have caught my eye by the way they've played this year," Morris said. "With Coach Dunn contacting me, and then moving to the Big Ten next year, it's a school I'd like to see more of. I think Coach Dunn is coming up to my school soon."
Morris went on to say the fact the Terps are bowl eligible is "big." Plus the fact the Terps are looking at him for strong safety, the position he projects himself at in college, appeals as well.
"I can play either outside linebacker or safety, but I think safety is my best bet," said Morris, who runs a 4.5 40-yard dash. "Maryland said I had a strong safety's frame, and other coaches like Michigan State said the same thing. That's kind of where I see myself at the next level."
Besides Maryland, Morris had compliments for Syracuse, Rutgers, Temple and Illinois, in addition to his previous comments about PSU and Pitt.
"Syracuse is a plus, plus because they're really good academically and have good football," Morris said. "Temple, that's a nice local D-I option for me. Then Rutgers, Illinois, it's the same deal – solid programs, good schools. I just have to get out and see some of these places."
This winter Morris plans to spend most of his time lifting and building strength. Then in the spring he'll run track in order to maintain his speed and stay in shape.
"I'm going to have a busy offseason with taking visits and working out," Morris said. "It should be fun."
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