Winning a class 4A state title and finishing 14-0 typically gets you noticed, and Demetri Morsell (Wise/Upper Marlboro, Md.) is banking on it this offseason. The 6-foot, 170-pound free safety started every game for the powerhouse Pumas, and made the most of his opportunity, recording an eye-opening eight interceptions. To boot, he hauled in 12 touchdowns as a receiver, including a long one that was televised during the state championship game.
“I feel like I did very good this year, and it helped that I had a great team with me. We practiced hard, and we got what was coming to us,” said Morsell, who transferred from Thomas Stone (Waldorf, Md.) prior to the fall and now lives in the Upper Marlboro area. “But we’re going to keep working hard to replace who’s leaving, and we’re going to be right back next year.
“Personally, I got bigger and faster, but mostly I got smarter with knowing where to be and trusting me teammates. I feel like now I read the quarterback well, I have good technique, and I’m good at coming up and making tackles.”
Right before the campaign ended, Morsell actually pulled his very first scholarship offer from Charlotte. He said it was a “dream come true,” as he’s always sought to play football at the Division I level.
“I definitely want to get down to Charlotte to see what it’s like,” Morsell said. “I’ve been talking to their coach, and I’m just really excited about the opportunity they gave me.”
Charlotte won’t be the last offer Morsell receives, however. Coaches from Maryland, Rutgers, Va Tech and ODU have also been in contact, while several others have been talking to Morsell’s coaches.
“I talk to Coach Aazaar [Abdul-Rahim] from Maryland, and he said he’s got his eye on me,” Morsell said. “He’s real cool. I’ve only talked to him a couple times, but he’s like a friend the way he talks to you. He’s a great guy. I’m really hoping he offers, because Maryland is the school I grew up watching. I like being near home so my family can see my games too.”
Maryland, in fact, is the only school other than ODU Morsell has seen thus far. The Wise junior was able to attend two UMD games this fall, the Terps’ bout against Michigan State and then later against Ohio State.
“I really enjoyed both games I saw at Maryland. At the Ohio State game, I remember it was cold (laughs). But it was real loud and I loved the atmosphere. Even though Maryland didn’t play so well I enjoyed myself,” Morsell said. “And the Michigan State game, that was loud too, and it was a night game. That was really cool. Maryland played very well that game, and I liked how fast the defense was. I like the system they run and feel like I could make plays there.”
After seeing College Park, Md., and taking in a game at ODU, Morsell said he’d like to venture out this offseason. He said he’ll likely hit a few regional programs such as Penn State, Pitt, Va Tech and the like. Morsell mentioned, however, that he has no dream schools or programs he’s pining for offers from.
“Mainly, I just want to go someplace that really wants me and needs me,” Morsell said. “That’s the main thing I care about.”